March, 2013

Twitter Now Costs $5 Per Month — If You Want to Use Vowels



Twttr — doesn’t sound too bad, right? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get if you want to continue using Twitter for free — only consonants will be available for writing messages. For $5 per month, you’ll also be able to use vowels — A, E, I, O and, of course, U

The change, which goes into effect on April 1st (wink wink, nudge nudge), is not only meant to increase Twitter’s revenue, but also to make communication among Twitter users even more condensed. Imagine how much info you could put in a tweet if you skipped those pesky vowels?

Check out the details on Twitter’s blog, nd tll s hw y lk t n th cmmnts! Read more…

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Google Revolutionizes Its Email Service by Introducing Gmail Blue



Google has added another prank to its April Fools’ Day playbook by introducing a colorful change to Gmail.

Called Gmail Blue, the search giant’s latest effort to revolutionize its email service is as simple as it sounds: to make Gmail the color blue. Everything from the compose button to the font formatting will be blue. As Google’s project manager, Richard Pargo, says in the above video: “It’s Gmail, only bluer.”

Well, not really (in case you’re wondering, Gmail is still the same monochromatic interface it’s always been). But the announcement, unveiled late Sunday night, makes for a great prank Read more…

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Google Nose Harnesses Your Sense of Smell for Search



First, Google pranked its users by claiming to shut down YouTube; then, the search giant introduced old-school “Treasure Maps.” But its pièce de résistance for this year’s April Fools’ Day has got to be Google Nose.

Currently in beta, the new feature incorporates scents into Search. Google describes Nose as its “flagship olfactory knowledge feature enabling users to search for smells.” To learn more, watch the semi-serious video, above.

Clicking the “Try Google Nose Beta” button on its landing site produces a random search term such as “diaper.” On the right-hand side of the results page, there’s a description of the term (“baby powder and poop”) from the Google Aromabase, as well as the option to smell and share the scent. When users click on “smell,” a pop-up prompts them to “Bring your nose as close as you can to the screen and press Enter.” A progress bar then indicates that it is transmitting the scent. Read more…

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