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Twitter removes QuickBar from iOS app

Responding to negative feedback from users, Twitter has released an update to its iOS app removing the QuickBar feature. Originally debuted earlier this month, the QuickBar was intended to help users discover content outside of their normal follower channels by displaying popular trending topics at the top of the timeline. The new feature prompted a huge negative response almost immediately after its release, however, with many calling it offensive and adopting the term “dickbar” as a euphemism to describe their feelings about it.

In a blog posting today, Twitter Creative Director Doug Bowman noted that the QuickBar was a new feature the company was experimenting with and that it was “originally conceived to help users discover what’s happening in the broader world beyond people they already follow.” Bowman explains that the team had considered using the bar as a means for in-app notifications of new activity such as DMs and mentions and that the goal was to connect users “to what’s most meaningful to them.” Despite this, however, Bowman indicates that the company has decided to remove the feature rather than continuing to develop it in its current form, stating that “after testing a feature and evaluating its merits, if we learn it doesn’t improve the user experience or serve our mission, we’ll remove that feature.” He goes on to explain that Twitter still feels there are benefits to improving user awareness beyond their own timeline and that the QuickBar showed “incredibly high usage metrics” however the company will be looking at other ways to provide this with a better user experience.

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Comments

1

“...and adopting the term “dickbar” as a euphemism to describe their feelings about it.”

Uh, I think you mean “epithet”. A euphemism is a polite substitution for an offensive word.

Posted by beetsnotbeats on March 31, 2011 at 3:59 PM (CDT)

2

I should thank them. If it weren’t for the dickbar and strange crashes I had on the recent versions of Twitter for iPhone, I wouldn’t have discovered Echofon.

Posted by BeefJerky on March 31, 2011 at 4:28 PM (CDT)

3

Actually, “dickbar” *is* the polite substitution for sone of the other words that have been thrown around….  :)

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on March 31, 2011 at 5:09 PM (CDT)

4

I did not understand the hostility. It wasn’t the best feature ever implemented to be sure, but it was only at the very top of your feed barely messing with a whole *one* tweet, which odds were you didn’t care that much for anyhow.

Going by the app store reviews you’d think the change stole your identity, sodomized grandma, and posted random tweets of you in compromising situations with a hamster.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on March 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM (CDT)

5

Wait #4, Twitter sodomizes grandmas now?! AND posts tweets of me while being compromised by a hamster?!?!

I quit them. But only because the dickbar was a horrible idea.

Posted by VULTR3 on April 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM (CDT)

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