Not to be left behind, Twitter today announced it will be shifting to a two-tiered service – a free version called Twttr, where users can only use consonants, and the full Twitter service in which users can use vowels but will have to pay $5 per month. Twitter users can also bid for one additional character to write 141 character tweets instead of the regular 140 characters.
“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,” the company explained in its blog post announcing Twttr.
Twitter has been elaborate with its April Fool’s prank and lets users try out how their tweets will appear on Twttr. Keeping things real, it says that Twttr will be initially rolled out to a small percentage of users with a wider roll-out in coming days.