Twitter's April Fools' service removes vowels from tweets

The 140-character limit on Twitter can be a hard obstacle to surmount, but Twitter's April Fools' Day service will ease that burden by automatically removing vowels from tweets while a premium, $5 a month service will allow users to keep vowels.

Kevin Weil (or "Kvn Wl"), director of product for Twitter, announced the new service in a post on the company's official blog. Weil says the new service will help Twitter expand its reach in two important says.

"We're doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and 'dense' form of communication," Weil wrote. "We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream."

In a shocking move, Twitter's allowing users to keep using "Y," however. "Because our users come first, we believe that 'Y' should always be free to everyone — today and forever," Weil wrote. Additionally, Twitter will be adding a new bidding system to allow users to purchase an additional character for tweets, bringing the total to 141 characters. The price of the additional character will come from the bidding system, which determines the most popular characters.

Twttr will be rolling out to users, but those interested in getting the service early can try it out here.

Source: Twitter

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Why is no one funny anymore... so far all these april fool's jokes are mega lame They all can do better than that.

ShareShiz said,
What do you want them to do, shutdown their site for the day? That would be very funny.

That'd be hilarious actually lol. Better yet the whole internet should shut down That'll get everyone to go crazy and get some fresh air (myself included) lol.

April Fool's jokes on the internet are rarely funny, they're all to blatantly obvious and usually just goofy. I thought the point was to actually fool people. Maybe they should rename it April Silly Day.

j2006 said,

That'd be hilarious actually lol. Better yet the whole internet should shut down That'll get everyone to go crazy and get some fresh air (myself included) lol.

WhAtS fReSh AiR?!!????

TRC said,
April Fool's jokes on the internet are rarely funny, they're all to blatantly obvious and usually just goofy. I thought the point was to actually fool people. Maybe they should rename it April Silly Day.

I did enjoy the Google pigeon search

I am all for jokes, and I dont use Twitter, but seems like this would take away from the usefulness of the site and frustrate users.