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March 07 2011


Love The Twitter #Dickbar? Get Your Own, We Did

Regardless of what you think about the Quick Bar in the newest version of Twitter for iOS, there’s no contesting that it’s definitely captured tech pundits’ imaginations for the past weekend or so.

This happened primarily because of general ad aversion but was aided by the fact that influential tech blogger John Gruber catchily dubbed it the Dick Bar, in homage to both new Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and the fact that the ”alerting function” is a little obtrusive and a little too hard on (that’s what she said) Promoted Trends, which really aren’t trends at all but ads, costing advertisers around 100K a pop.

Riffing off of how some Twitter Trending Topics are inane (um), developer Mark Beeson has created his own Dick Bar, one line of Javascript that will let you display Twitter’s auto-overlaying attempts at a viable form of mobile advertising on your own site. (To its credit Twitter has submitted a less obtrusive version to the app store, as to how much less obtrusive it is actually is remains to be seen — Costolo has been adamant about not including a way to turn it off.)

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