11 plug-ins and scripts that will change the way you use Twitter. No technical ability required.

imageI wrote a few weeks ago about how anyone can easily change the Twitter web interface with Firefox and the GreaseMonkey plug-in (here). The great news is that this process is so easy that there’s little reason not to give this a go – you really are only a few clicks away from what’s shown below. Here’s some power UI enhancements I have chosen – and yes, this list goes to eleven.

Have fun, @Eunmac

Setup:

  1. You’ll need Firefox. (here)
  2. You’ll need to install the GreaseMonkey Addon (here)
  3. Now click the links below to add new features to change your Twitter interface.

1. Nested Replies in Twitter: (install here)
This is by far the most useful script for me. It collates a threaded conversation of replies inside the twitter page. Without this it is very hard to see what conversation took place.

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2. Add Bio’s to Friend Following/Followers page (install here)

When you’re checking out someone’s ‘following’ page you get no information other than a picture and a name. Useless! Anyway, if you add this script and you’ll see all their details including a bio, follower info and even last tweet. Here’s me checking out who Guy Kawasaki is following:

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3. Sidebar Replies Panel (install here)
See all other replies sent to another Twitter user.

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4. Auto shortening of URL (install here)

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5. Mentions and unread replies: (install here)

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6. Add Friend Name Helper (install here)
Auto suggests names from your following list.

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7. Add Retweet Button (install here)

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8. Power Twitter. (install here)
This is plug-in for Firefox. It displays videos and images nested inside conversations.

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9. Expand Short URLs (install here)
Don’t get fooled by those short bit.ly urls anymore, this plugin will reveal the full url inside the web interface.
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10. Endless Tweets (install here)
This is pretty cool, as you get to the bottom of the page, the page simply gets longer so you never have to move back and forth between pages.

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11. Add search and Tools to sidebar (install here)
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Other useful scripts:
Hide All re-tweets. (install here)
Block tweets with specific words (install here)
Reveal followers. Places icon over those following you (install here)
Shrink tweets with Tweetshrink (install here)

Want to see all the twitter scripts? There are over 300 on userscripts.org (here)

Found any more great tools? Add them to the comments please πŸ™‚

21 Responses to 11 plug-ins and scripts that will change the way you use Twitter. No technical ability required.

  1. veryMickey says:

    great list! just went and installed 2,3,5,6,7 and 11 πŸ˜€

    I keep trying the new desktop twitter applications, but in the end I always end up coming back to good ole twitter.com and now ill never leave!!

  2. @nomadiqueMC says:

    nice. i think the use of columns/stacks will keep me using tweetdeck for the most part, but this makes twitter.com a lot more friendly when I’m on the move, or if i run out of API requests too quickly…

  3. This post reeks of Awesome Sauce. πŸ™‚

  4. jyesmith says:

    Nice one, Ian. Nearly got me back on a web interface. This list is valuable for Twitter client developers out there!

  5. gambleing says:

    very good tools, thanks for the info

  6. Nice list of apps! thanks for it!

  7. Mike Darnell says:

    The Headup Firefox addon began supporting Twitter yesterday – http://tr.im/gIJD.

    It is now ” point’n’click simple to discover a wealth of info about your twitter friends”

    I’ve been using this most of today to snoop out my friends’ “recently listened to tracks” in order to dedicate their favorite songs to them on http://blip.fm

    : )
    mike
    “I tweet @pop_art”

  8. jeremy says:

    very useful list, thanks!

  9. Phaoloo says:

    Oh, I love the RT button.

  10. very nice collection, I’ll be checking each of them out to see which will help out Wild Mountain Gourmet Inc

  11. wrldvoyagr says:

    Most of these enhancements can be found in one single script http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/40617.

  12. ullrich says:

    you actually don’t need firefox+greasemonkey to run most of the scripts.
    the glimmerblocker (ad blocking proxy for mac os x) is able to inject the scripts to the page (the same greasemonkey does), too.
    without some of the greasemonkey features as datastorage for scripts and so on… but worth a try if you’re a safari user like i am.

  13. Scrubs says:

    Good stuff, I “Stumbled” you. My DIGG account got messed up but I like Stumbling better anyway.

  14. Thanks mate, good stuff!

  15. If you ever want to hear a reader’s feedback πŸ™‚ , I rate this post for four from five. Decent info, but I have to go to that damn google to find the missed bits. Thanks, anyway!
    p.s. Year One is already on the Internet and you can watch it for free.

  16. Keep it up, great job!

  17. Brina says:

    Do really everyone need to know what I am doing? I am not sure if this is what I was looking for….

  18. ScriptoX says:

    Excellent post..Keep them coming πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  19. Billie Budzinski says:

    Scrubs ROCKS!!! I usually miss the episodes on TV and have found http://scrubsepisodes.jimdo.com Now I never miss any episode hope this is helpful and have fun πŸ™‚

  20. draw Ben 10 says:

    I’m actually a big Twitter bug and I used these helpful tips. Keep up the good work because you are definitely drawing!

  21. Medical says:

    I like the never ending twitter page feature.

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