Twitter announces new two-tier service

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Twitter has announced today, 1st April, that they are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use the basic service, Twttr, but they will only get consonants. For five dollars a month, users can access the premium “Twitter” service, which also includes vowels.

Because users come first, Twitter say they believe that “Y” should always be free to everyone. Also, the vowels in URLs will be free for everyone, forever. It is possible, of course, to Tweet in non-Latin-character-based languages, like Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Korean. These languages will remain unaffected by the service change.

Twitter say they are doing this because they believe that by eliminating vowels, they will encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. They also see an opportunity to diversify their revenue stream.

Oh, and the date of the announcement ….?


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