Twitter changes app after backlash

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

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Twitter changes app after backlash

Twitter launched a new version of its official iOS app more than a week ago and, boy, did it stir up some controversy. While this is a cleaner, sleeker version of the previous app, one new application feature was not welcome among the Twitterati.

The Quick Bar, which was given a somewhat naughty nickname alluding to Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo, appears at the top of the Twitter feed in the new app to let users know what's trending. A swipe across the bar shows the next trending topic and a tap takes you to those tweets. In the first release of the app, the Quick Bar covered up the top most tweets on a feed - in a hasty second release, it's pinned to the top of the screen.

Even the improved Quick Bar is a bit of a distraction in the new app. That's too bad, because overall the app is much easier to use. Direct messages now appear as chat bubbles, and there's a nascent auto-complete feature that makes sending replies much easier over time. If you don't mind few ads now and then, then go ahead and download this app. If you do mind, there are plenty of other apps out there that work just as well.

- Hayley Tsukayama


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