Twitter slims, Google sniffs, YouTube shuts, in April Fool gags

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YouTube is shutting down, Twitter users have to pay for the use of vowels, and the new Google Nose search engine will bring a whiff of wet dog or daisies right to your computer or smartphone.

Smells fishy? These Internet giants went all-out to try and bamboozle their users with April Fool's gags on the most mischievous day of the year.

YouTube, the world's largest video sharing site, revealed it had merely been an eight-year contest to find the best video and would be closing to review all the entries. The winner would be announced in 2023.

"We are so close to the end. Tonight at midnight, YouTube.com will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it is finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner," said Tim Liston, named as "competition director".

In keeping with its prankster reputation, Google also unveiled a complex search engine that would offer "the sharpest olfactory experience available".

The search engine claims to have a database of smells from all over the world. Users can search for "new car smell", or "Egyptian tomb", sniff their screen and even share it with a friend.

Meanwhile micro-blogging site Twitter said it had decided to shave off even more characters by providing a new vowel-free service to users.

"Trd th nw Twttr yt? Mr tm fr mr twts" (Translation: "Tried the new Twitter yet? More time for more tweets") the site announced. Of course, vowels would still be available but only to premium users willing to pay five dollars a month.

Several recent newsmakers were targeted in April Fool's Day pranks, with North Korea cropping up twice.

South Africa's Daily Maverick newspaper carried a story headlined "Exclusive: Oscar Pistorius signs up for North Korea's inaugural Friendship Run."

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