Twitter's Premium Accounts and the Fail Whale Tuxedo

TwitterNow that Twitter has all these eyeballs, how are they going to make money? One way is by introducing premium accounts.

Williams stressed that free accounts will still be available to all users, and that only those wanting more services would pay.   Premium accounts will come in four tiers: Sparrow, Dove, Owl and Eagle.

The details of the accounts are as follows:

  • Sparrow ($5/month) – Users get 145 character limit, 5 extra random followers.
  • Dove ($15/month) – Users get 160 character limit, 25 extra random followers, 1 random celebrity follower, auto-spell check, "Fail Whale" T-shirt.
  • Owl ($50/month) – Users get 250 character limit, 100 extra random followers, 2 random celebrity followers, 30 minutes on recommended list, auto-spell check, "Fail Whale" hoodie.
  • Eagle ($250/month) – Users get 500 character limit, 1000 extra random followers, 3 celebrity followers of their choice, 5 hours on recommended list each month, Twitter Concierge for Tweeting while user is asleep or busy (and more), auto-spell check, "Fail Whale" tuxedo, custom "Fail Whale" page when service is down.

A Fail Whale tuxedo... I love it! :-)


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Um... dang... I fell for your continuing the hoax ;)

March 19, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

Toronto Mike

First sign of a hoax: no link to official pr or blog or announcement.

March 19, 2009 @ 10:18 AM

jason |

those are the full lyrics to 'twitter me softly'


March 19, 2009 @ 8:40 PM

Toronto Mike

Sweet. I just posted the song.

But didn't I make almost every suggested change? Doesn't the sidebar background make it all better?

March 19, 2009 @ 8:47 PM

jason |

yeah it's a lot better now but i have poetic licence

March 19, 2009 @ 9:24 PM

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