Google’s Aardvark and Twitter and Facebook patent issue

Google owned Aardvark has recently filed a patent, which they are calling “promotional status messages”. The Q&A service hopes lay claim to this service, something that could affect the likes of Twitter and Facebook.

Pete Cashmore from Mashable explains how this new service works, which is all to do with when you post a message to a friend on Facebook or Twitter asking them to join. It does seem strange but Aardvark is claiming that they invented this.

GoRumors has posted the details of the patent filing, we have to wonder if Aardvark can really lay claim to this feature? If the patent claim does go their way, this could have huge implications for the likes of Twitter, Facebook and other social network sites.

There could be a simple explanation why Aardvark would want to go over this patent filing, maybe they just what to say that they own the rights. This all feels very strange.