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Twttr April Fools' Day 2013: Twitter Launches New Service, Sans Vowels

Can I buy a vowel?

Ask that on the game show "Wheel of Fortune," and it'll cost you $250. On Twttr, a new service from Twitter, vowels will be slightly more affordable.

On Sunday night, Twitter launched Twttr, a two-tiered service that allows basic members to tweet using only consonants. Advanced users get the pleasure of posting tweets that contain vowels. One catch? The second option will set Twitter users back $5/mo.

"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," Twitter stated on its blog.

Not surprisingly, "Wheel of Fortune" was the inspiration for Twttr.

Michael Sippey (@sippey), VP of product, said: "I was watching 'Wheel of Fortune' with @adambain, and a contestant yelled out ‘I wanna buy a vowel’. Everything just sort of clicked. Adam and I turned to each other and high-fived. It was one of those product moments that just felt like magic."

For more information about Twttr, click here.

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