Troy’s Greasemonkey Script: Making Twitter Better!

February 7, 2010 · 21 comments

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If you’ve been using twitter for any length of time, you know that the basic twitter page is … well… rather basic.

With Troy’s Greasemonkey Script we can easily add a handful of very useful tools to this page that will increase our efficiency and all around ease in using the site. This tweak however only currently works for users of the Firefox browser (and very soon, the Chrome browser). It was created by Troy Thompson.

  1. Get Firefox
  2. Get the Greasemonkey Add-on for Firefox (Add To Firefox Button) & then restart Firefox.
  3. Get Troys Twitter Script (Install Button)
  4. Refresh the twitter page, or open a new twitter page.

Here’s an overview, in pictures, of all the super-awesome improvements this little tweak gets you. (One note, your page will load first, and THEN the greasemonkey/script effects will take place. You have to have a little patience while it re-draws the page adding all the cool features!)

Twitter Page Before Script:

Twitter Screenshot Before Troys Twitter Script

Now With Troy’s Script Enabled:

Feature 1: Here you can see that all linked media becomes visible, meaning no need to open in another browser window!

Troy's Twitter Script Media Enabled - PhotoTroy's Twitter Script Media Enabled - Video

Feature 2: Here you see auto-name completion! No more having to remember the exact spelling of long twitter names!

Troy's Twitter Script Auto Name Completion

Feature 3: Friend Icons! See who’s following you back!

Troy's Twitter Script Friend Icon and Link Expansion

Feature 4: Shortened Link Expansion. No more navigating to a stealthy short link that wasn’t going where it said it was!

Troy's Twitter Script Link ExpansionTroy's Twitter Script Link Expansion 2

Feature 5: At last! A comment button, a cure for Twitters new ReTweet function that does not enable you to edit the tweet. This is one of my absolute favorites as the new RT function really disables dialogues between tweeters. Even if you disable all the other cool features, this one is definitely a keeper!

Troy's Twitter Script Comment 1Troy's Twitter Script Comment 2

Feature 6: And possibly the most important addition, a settings toolbar, which you open by clicking the circled link in your upper right hand corner, to control what features of the script you wish to enable/disable. (And of course, as with all greasemonkey scrips, you can disable them with a simple 2 clicks of your mouse at any time, and refresh the page to see an un-changed page. Super Simple.)

Troy's Twitter Script Control Panel

This script is definitely a must-have for anyone that hasn’t migrated full-time to a full-featured twitter client such as hootsuite or tweetdeck. Even those users however, will find it useful for all the times we end up on someones profile outside of our client-of-choice. Love, love, love this little script! Let me know how this works for you and if you’ve found any other cool Twitter hacks for the native twitter page!

Kimberly

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Kellie Frazier February 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

Kim, I am so greatful to have you in my life! You have no idea how much I’ve learned by your wonderful tutorials and great advice. Over and above these fabulous secret weapons you impact my business with, YOU are my secret weapon!

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Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

Thanks Kellie! I definitely enjoy it! I get to play with cool toys and help people, what a sweet combo!

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John Damstra February 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Wow, I had no idea that I could customize my Twitter in such a way. Thanks for this article, I will be using Troy’s Greasemonkey script to make my Twitter better. Glad I found your post.

John Damstra
.-= John Damstra´s last blog ..Network Marketing Mindset From A 6 Year Old Karate Kid =-.

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Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:21 am

LOL! Thanks John! I love stuff like this that flat out improves efficiency!

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Jacqueline Gates February 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

See now, this is why you are officially the Goddess of Technology!
Your skill at explaining the benefits or need for a techie trick, and then holding our hands and walking us through it is unsurpassed.
Thank you once again, for making this Goddess not feel like a total twit!

Bliss and blessings,
The Goddess known as Jacqui
.-= Jacqueline Gates´s last blog ..The Goddess Guide to Music and Lyrics and how you can USE them to improve your Life. =-.

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Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:23 am

Why thank you dear Goddess! No one should ever have to feel like a total twit! This made me giggle because it reminded me of a great post by a dear friend of mine Michaele on how NOT to be a Twitter Twit! http://www.michaele-harrington.com/network-marketing/useful-tips-on-how-not-to-become-a-total-twitter-twit

Blessings and Hugs!

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Tracey Keefer February 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Kim again you explain something in word and picture that makes the newest of new to all of this understand! I thank you so much for you knowledge and ability to share it so well! I am going to have to take a look at this as I embark on my twitter education!

“Dream, Believe, Become…”
Tracey
.-= Tracey Keefer @ Free MLM Help´s last blog ..The Colors of Succcess!!! =-.

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Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:25 am

Twitter is one of the oddest ducks in the social media pond, and yet incredibly essential for exposure! Glad I was able to break it down in a way that helps!

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Tone Floreal February 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Oh My Goodness! Kim, Thank You Wholy Bunches for that Twitter Tip! It makes Tweeting way easier to manage. Whereas before, I couldn’t remember what I wrote last in the twitter conversation I had with someone and would have to dig forever down the Twitter Hole to figure out what my next reply would be to a comment. Thank You for that quick and easy tutorial, K-Butterfly!!!
.-= Tone Floreal´s last blog ..Self Confidence: Taking Matter Into Your Own Hands =-.

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Kimberly Castleberry February 11, 2010 at 7:26 am

Hey Tone! It’s been pleasure to get to know you on Twitter! How cool that you show up here on my post about exactly that topic! I so totally agree.. we interact with so many that its hard to keep it straight without a chat log! Lot of great tools in this free little package. Take care my friend!
Kimberly

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Garrett Miller February 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

WHAT!?! I was unaware that anything like this existed… Jeez!

Just installed, it’s awesome, thanks Kimberly!

Garrett
.-= Garrett Miller´s last blog ..Twitter – Autoresponder (Web) 2.0 =-.

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Darlene Davis February 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Kimberly,

You’ve done it AGAIN! This makes Twitter sooo much easier to work with. Kuddos to my Favorite Techy Encyclopedia. Am trying to catch up on everything you’ve ever written!

I Appreciate YOU!

Dar
.-= Darlene Davis´s last blog ..Mega Lessons From Ted Turner =-.

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Beth Allen February 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

So Cool! Thanks Kim! I just set it up, and to be honest, I’m kind of shocked how many people I’m following that are not following me!? Hmmm…..strange.

Anyhow, thanks for yet a gain a very neat tool to make social media more fun and more effective!
.-= Beth Allen´s last blog ..Time Saving Tips to Streamline Your Social Media Strategy =-.

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Sunil Jain April 19, 2010 at 4:28 am

Wow :) :)
Using greasemonkey we can really do wonders , i am adding to my post , see you there :) :) and now chrome also supports greasemonkey , so just add Chrome also :) :) :)
.-= Sunil Jain@Tech18´s last blog ..Introduction to Greasemonkey =-.

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The Last Honest Guy October 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm

That looks a very good add-on for Twitter. I’ll be sure to check it out soon…
Thanks Kim

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Jeanie November 3, 2011 at 2:44 am

It looks really great! Especially I like the feature #3, that I can see people who are following me! It will help me very much)

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