Twitter gets rid of annoying “dick bar”

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Twitter finally got rid of the annoying QuickBar at the top of its iPhone app. The tweet above is in Greek except for two words: “dick bar.” The QuickBar was nicknamed the dick bar or “Dickbar” because, um, Twitter’s CEO is Dick Costolo. Actually, John Gruber of Daring Fireball came up with the term and said he meant that including the bar was a “dick move.” The most annoying thing about the bar was the way it floated on top of the app and made it hard to see tweets. There’s not much real estate available on a phone screen and this was ruining the app experience. Responding to the angry uproar about the bar, Twitter pinned it down to the top of the feed. After a while, I started to find it sort of useful. How else was I going to learn that Jackie Chan had died? No, really, I didn’t mind seeing what was trending without having to switch screens. But most other users still hated it. On Thursday, Twitter announced on its blog that the bar was gone. That was good news for all the people on Twitter who could go back to the traditional meanings of “dick” and “bar.” (Don’t look at the following screen cap if you are easily offended.) More

Color: Finally, a penis-sharing app?

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Show me your junk!

Color is the new photo-sharing app that allows you to share photos with friends and strangers, with a catch: They must be within 150 feet of you. I’ve tried to use it since it was released Wednesday. I say try because it is useless unless somebody else has the app and is nearby. I finally found somebody in Center City, Philadelphia, using the app. I was at an underground mall. He was in an office somewhere nearby. The photo he took was about an hour old – of his office, or somebody’s office. Whoa! I am not alone at being underwhelmed or just plain baffled by the app. It received so much criticism on its first day that its CEO, Bill Nguyen, told Mashable that the app would be getting a major update ASAP. So, it sucks, or people don’t understand how to use it – so what? It’s noteworthy because it launched with a $41 million investment. Again, so what? There is an ongoing debate about whether we are in another tech-industry bubble. One warning sign to look for is when investors continue to pour money into exhausted ideas. For example: photo sharing. Theoretically, Color can be interesting, but a massive amount of people need to be using it. And even then, it may only be interesting at events with lots of people. Until then, it has switched from becoming the target of frustration to becoming a joke about becoming the “dick pic” app. More