New doesn’t always mean better. Case in point? The “QuickBar” that Twitter added to their iPhone app. This status bar sat over and sometimes on top of tweets obscuring the text. It also simply took up too much valuable display real estate. Twitter users refer to it as the “DickBar” named after Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.
Twitter announced today 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.
First, thank you Twitter! Second, although many may condemn Twitter for introducing such a hated feature, they still deserve credit for testing new ideas and, more importantly, dealing with failure and user feedback.