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Greasemonkey Scripts: Friend Feed Twitter Client and Remove Visited Links

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“Friend Feed” week seems to be continuing at IDT. But don’t worry, there’s a team of trained attack Bonobo monkeys prepared to take me into a dark alley and beat me up and make me suffer if I don’t stop talking about Friend Feed. What can I say? This is what it looks like when a web app gets people excited. I’ve put together two more Greasemonkey scripts to add features I want in Friend Feed.

How to Install Greasemonkey Scripts


Script: Remove Visited Links

One of the biggest problems with Friend Feed is the signal to noise ratio. Most of the web services it supports are for sharing links, and I keep seeing the same link percolating as different people share them. Wouldn’t it be great if it didn’t display links you’ve already looked at?

Before

friendfeed-remove-visited-links-before.png

After

friendfeed-remove-visited-links-after.png

Yes, it will hide the comments/likes for links you’ve already visited. What’s nice is that it uses Friend Feed’s built-in Hide feature. So it will remember to hide links even if you use Friend Feed from more than one computer.

Install Remove Visited Links

Script: Twitter Enhancements

Yesterday I noted that about 50% of the traffic on Friend Feed is from Twitter. I think Friend Feed makes for a great Twitter client because of the way it handles threaded conversations. There’s a few things missing from Friend Feed though:

  • The 140 character count
  • Why doesn’t it automatically check the “reply on Twitter” box?
  • Why can’t I send a Tweet from Friend Feed?

Twitter Reply Enhancements

friendfeed-twitter-reply-enhancements.png

If you respond to a tweet, you’ll always send it by Twitter as well as Friend Feed.

Click to Send a Tweet

friendfeed-twitter-tab.png

Clicking ‘tweet’ will open this box

friendfeed-twitter-tweet-ui.png

You can send Tweets directly from Friend Feed!

Username / Password

You will be asked for your username / password after installing the script. Greasemonkey stores your user/password combination in your web browser. If you need to reset your password click on the Tools menu in Firefox.

friendfeed-twitter-reset-password.png

Shameless Promotion

Because I am a shameless media whore the first time you run the script it will send this message. This is how I test that you’ve entered the correct username/password. You should never see this tweet again unless you are changing your username / password very often.

friendfeed-twitter-shameless-self-promotion.png

Install Twitter Client

My Other Friend Feed Greasemonkey Scripts

The scripts are packaged separately instead of being one massive script so that you can choose want you want to use.

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  1. Steven Hodson said, on March 27, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Oh sure pick on me :) .. nice work and if I used Firefox I’d be grabbing both scripts before they were all gone.

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  3. Pierro said, on March 27, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Howdy – thats great.
    Thanks for this !

  4. Shannon said, on March 27, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Wow – you are awesome. Can’t wait to try this!

  5. n8k99 said, on March 27, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Hey great job on these scripts! If you want more friendfeed related topics, then look @ http://disqus.com for a blog Commenting system that ties into the system there.

  6. engtech said, on March 27, 2008 at 8:27 am

    @ n8k99:

    Yup, I use Disqus for my tumblr blogs. The one thing I hate about it though is I’d rather keep my comments stored in my blogging software. My experience with Haloscan years ago taught me that comment portability is a pain in the ass when the service you’re using starts to go wonky.

  7. n8k99 said, on March 27, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I can certainly understand that, especially if you’ve been biten once before. So far, it happens to be the most interesting service that ties in, even more exciting to me than twitter threading!

  8. engtech said, on March 27, 2008 at 11:47 am

    This is on Digg now if people want to vote:

    http://digg.com/software/FriendFeed_Twitter_Client_and_Remove_Visited_Links

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  12. Matt Haller said, on March 28, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Hey,

    Nice post. I think friendfeed works well its because of its threaded conversation feature which gives a way to healthy conversation.

    Blessings
    Matt Haller

  13. ரவிசங்கர் said, on March 28, 2008 at 6:07 am

    hi

    thanks for the nice scripts.

    i installed all ur 3 scripts in FF3 beta 4 and the cursor keeps blinking in all the tabs :(

    by the way, can u make a script so that i don’t see my own activity in friendfeed “friends” view? it is strange why i have 2 c my own activity.

    Thanks again

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  15. engtech said, on March 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    @ ரவிசங்கர்:

    FF3 beta does not play nicely with most extensions. Nothing I can do about it :(

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  38. Ari Herzog said, on September 12, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Just what I’ve been looking for to cut down on the FF noise for visited links. Thanks!

  39. Historic said, on September 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I don’t know((

  40. Histori said, on September 26, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I dont’t know(((((

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  42. АСХ said, on October 08, 2008 at 5:18 am

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  43. Asia'h Epperson said, on October 08, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for the script. I saw your comment and you mentinoed about some problem with Haloscan. Can elaborate further?

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    What is it

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    Interesting… Will give it a try…
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  51. Ari Herzog said, on October 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I was about to email you a bug report, but it seems you already know from an earlier comment (and your earlier response) that the Remove Visited Links script is incompatible with Firefox 3.0.3.

    I would have hoped something would be fixed in the ~6 months since. I guess not.

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