Earlier this week, Twitter just released the latest version of their iPhone and iPad app or the version 3.3. One of its new features in this latest version that is meant for iPhone only is the Twitter’s Quick Bar, which is placed at the top of the Twitter timeline and displays the latest trends, including promoted trends. Some users are annoyed by this Quick Bar and coined it as DickBar as reference to Twitter’s CEO Dick Costola.
Let us make a rundown of the list of Twitter’s version 3.3’s new feature, Quick Bar or the DickBar controversy. If you are one of the users annoyed by this feature, there is also a way if you want to remove it.
The Quick Bar shows the user the trends and other important things without leaving your timeline. You can swipe the Quick Bar to the left or to the right to go through the trends. Here are the trends showed by the Quick Bar:
- Trends based on your location
- Cleaner, redesigned Tweet compose screen.
- Automatically shortens URLs. Just paste them in and they will only count as 20 characters, no matter how long they are!
- Autocomplete @usernames and hashtags
- Easier photo uploading
- Find friends using your phone’s contacts
- Improved DM conversation view, now works similar to SMS/Chat
- Cleaned up preferences
- Bug fixes
As mentioned earlier, some users are annoyed with this feature of the version 3.3. Unsurprisingly, it has its own hasktag, which is #dickbar. The management of Twitter decided not to disable Quick Bar, which seems an obvious design choice while rolling out such as major change, we think it’s a business decision by Twitter. Sean Garret said in a tweet that; “Twitter submitted an update to Apple yesterday for our iPhone app. It fixes some bugs & makes it so the quickbar doesn’t overlay on Tweets.”
If your iPhone is jailbroken and you are annoyed by the Quick Bar, chpwn has released a tweak called Twizzler on Cydia, which removes the Quick Bar from version 3.3.