As reported last week, Jelly tried to get the @Jelly Twitter handle from a guy from Long Island, who has had control over it since 2008. The new app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone just launched, and it makes sense that the company would want to have the obvious Twitter account to go along with it. @Jelly told us that he had not received an offer, and was considering just giving the handle to them, but ultimately decided to keep it, and started using it to promote his band The Rats Asses. Jelly he said, is a nickname he holds dear to his heart.
Well, we've learned a little more about the story now after a conversation with Mr. @Jelly. Jelly did in fact make him an offer, but he signed a non-disclosure agreement, so he won't say how much it was. Obviously it wasn't enough.
He says the offer was "very low" and that they were not interested in negotiating further. He said he was originally going to take the offer, but decided to try and negotiate higher, but they weren't having any of it. He said he thought about how long he's had the name, and decided he'd rather keep it, but if they had gone up a little, "we'd not be having this conversation."
Something tells me this isn't over.
@Jelly has started linking to the site: JohnJelly.com where he recommends some of his favorite sites.
On Friday, Jelly went forward with a different new Twitter handle: @AskJelly (it had been @JellyHQ).
— Jelly Industries (@jellyhq) January 10, 2014
Ahh, now our Twitter handle makes more sense. Got a question? #askjelly
— Jelly (@askjelly) January 10, 2014
Perhaps Jelly will be content with this one, but still, who doesn't want to own their brand?
We're still waiting for some Rats Asses uploads.
Image via @Jelly