Twitter officially kills the #Dickbar

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If you're a regular Twitter user and use the official application for the iPhone or iPad, you'll know that the latest update promotes advertisements on top of your feed. The annoying new feature was called the Quickbar, or known around the Internet as the Dickbar.

The very controversial Dickbar was meant for users to better connect with their followers, allowing users to see what their latest trends were and to help Twitter advertise promotional tweets. However, after much debate, Twitter has opted to remove the Dickbar, rather than make changes to it.

The company posted a blog post on Thursday to alert iPhone and iPad users that the bar will be removed in the next Twitter update, which should appear in the App Store later today.

“Rather than continue to make changes to the QuickBar as it exists, we removed the bar from the update appearing in the App Store today. We believe there are still significant benefits to increasing awareness of what's happening outside the home timeline. Evidence of the incredibly high usage metrics for the QuickBar support this. For now, we're going back to the drawing board to explore the best possible experience for in-app notification and discovery.”

Twitter users can now rejoice that their iPhone and iPad app will no longer slip promotional advertisements into your stream.

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Yay! Didn't even know it was on the native iPad version? I never saw it... Although on my iPhone it was awful

agreenbhm said,
Can you say dick on neowin? I guess this was an iPhone only thing, as I never noticed it on my Droid.

Nor did I ever see it on my WP7

Sraf said,

Nor did I ever see it on my WP7

Do you use the official Twitter app? If not, thats why.

I rather liked it, it allowed me to see trending topics without having to get off the timeline.

agreenbhm said,
Can you say dick on neowin? I guess this was an iPhone only thing, as I never noticed it on my Droid.

yea, iphone only i think, havnt even seen it on the ipad as the article states.

episode said,

Do you use the official Twitter app? If not, thats why.

I rather liked it, it allowed me to see trending topics without having to get off the timeline.

Official app, nothing like that exists.

agreenbhm said,
Can you say dick on neowin? I guess this was an iPhone only thing, as I never noticed it on my Droid.

guess you can say dick. similar to male and female cable ends. as I was discussing on another board. not sure how far I can get explaining why they are called that

KavazovAngel said,

Official app, nothing like that exists.

there is a Official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7, its good, does everything you expect to get from twitter

badsey said,

there is a Official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7, its good, does everything you expect to get from twitter

That;s what I was saying.

The "Dick" in "dickbar" is a reference to Dick Costolo who was the CEO of Twitter when it was added (he was tasked, primarily, with making Twitter a business rather than just a way to burn venture capital).

agreenbhm said,
Can you say dick on neowin? I guess this was an iPhone only thing, as I never noticed it on my Droid.

Looks like your parental controls didn't catch it so you should be okay... j/k