My Web habits differ from yours. Therefore, the Greasemonkey scripts that I find useful may differ from your idea of a useful Greasemonkey script. I use many of the same sites you likely visit, however, so perhaps you'll find these useful as well. If not, let me know which scripts you use in the comments below. Share and share alike, I say.
Once you have waded into the Greasemonkey waters, you may quickly find yourself in pretty deep. The userscripts are easy to install, and there are literally thousands of them. Thankfully, the Greasemonkey add-on makes it easy to manage.
To access Greasemonkey's management pane, click on the downward arrow on the right side of the button Greasemonkey to the right of your URL bar and select Manage User Scripts. This opens a tab with a list of your scripts. For each script, you'll find a button to disable or uninstall it. There is also a Preferences button for each … Read more
Are you annoyed with that Facebook friend who is constantly watering her FarmVille plants? Do you not care about how many people are in Bobby's Mafia Wars? Look no further than FB Purity, a Greasemonkey user script that hides friends' applications from appearing on your news/live feed. It is customizable; you can choose to hide multiple other friend stories such as becoming a fan, joining a group, and going to an event. FB Purity is compatible with Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera, and requires you to download Greasemonkey before installation.
After restarting the browser, log in to your … Read more
FFixer is a Greasemonkey user script that enhances and customizes your Facebooking experience. With the ability to customize multiple aspects of Facebook, including the way you experience photos, feeds, and chat, this add-on is a must for anyone who spends a considerable amount of time on the site. FFixer is compatible with Firefox, Opera, and Chrome, and requires that you install Greasemonkey before use.
After following the easy installation instructions on the FFixer install page, restart the browser and log in to your Facebook account. Upon scrolling through the site you will notice the large photos that pop up whenever … Read more
Greasemonkey scripts are an easy way to create single-serving enhancements for Firefox, and now they work natively on Google Chrome, too.
Those of you who hate the recent arrival of Yahoo's logo on Flickr now have an easy way to erase it--and get a number of useful features--as long as you're using an edgy version of Chrome.
Chrome extensions let people customize the browser's behavior, and the Fittr Flickr extension from Gmail programmer Dan Pupius whips Yahoo's photo-sharing site into shape. Some people use extensions for using Delicious bookmarks, banishing ads, and filling out forms, but this is my favorite Chrome extension so far. You can also download Fittr from Download.com.
The Yahoo logo is ugly but not too bothersome in my eyes. Instead, what I like best about Fittr Flickr is its keyboard navigation options. Once the extension is installed, you can type "?" to see the options, but the two I now use a lot are "." and "," to navigate forward and backward through a person's photostream. Typing "s" will star a photo as a favorite, and in a nice Google touch harkening to the vi text editor, "/" will put your cursor in the search field. … Read more
FriendFeed's new look, which was launched as an optional feature for brave beta testers, is now the default for all. The company flipped the switch on it this afternoon, and like previous redesigns there's no way to revert back to the old version. Going to beta.friendfeed.com simply brings users to the normal site.
Along with the new look, the company has updated its post-by-e-mail tools. Previously users had a special e-mail address they could send items to that went directly to their home feed. Users can still use that one, but there's now a central … Read more
Correction: Contributing editor Lowell Heddings compiled the scripts for Lifehacker, not Better Gmail for Firefox compiler Gina Trapani.
If you're the antsy type, you can grab the "Chromed" version of the popular Firefox extension Better Gmail right here, right now. However, you'll need a little patience to install it: this is a collection of the raw Greasemonkey scripts, and it will require some fiddling before you can get them to work in Chrome.
If you had previously been using Videosurf's Greasemonkey script to preview videos from search engine results, the company has released a new Firefox add-on that does a bit more--and without the need for Greasemonkey.
Once installed in your browser, the add-on still lets you see previews of videos from search results on Google and Yahoo. However it now throws in video previews on FriendFeed pages, and adds a neat timeline view in YouTube that lets you skip to later parts of a video just like DVD chapter markers.
I had the Greasemonkey script installed on my machine last November, … Read more