Along with major social networking companies Twitter too played pranks with thier user.
The company announced in its blog that it’s making Twitter a two-tiered service, introducing a new paid premium ‘Twitter’ service that lets users tweet if they pay $5 a month. The fun part was that users who don’t move to the paid service can continue to use the ‘Twttr’ version of the social networking service free of charge which will not allow them to use vowels in their tweets.
Giving explanation on its move, company said that ‘We’re doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream. Here’s our mockup of the most retweeted Tweet of all time as it would appear in the new Twttr’.
Here is the new look:
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Further in blog Twitter also mentioned that the vowels in URLs will remain free for everyone, forever and that users can also Tweet in non-Latin characters based languages, like Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Korean, which will remain unaffected by the service change.
The prank was not just limited to the consonants – vowels bit. Twitter also announced that it would offer a single character extension, expanding the length of a Tweet to 141 characters for advertisers who use Promoted Products. It said that the price of the extra character would be based on a bidding system reflecting the popularity of the character the advertiser would like to add.