After the success of the IMDB userscripts article we thought it would be nice to write another one that reviews some of the best Twitter userscripts out there.
Now, userscripts can be loaded into the web browser in various ways. Probably the most popular and straightforward way is to use the Greasemonkey extension for the Firefox web browser.
It is however possible to add userscripts to Opera, Safari or the Google Browser even though all three are limited to some extent when compared to the Firefox browser's capabilities.
Twitter is basically a way of posting short messages on the Internet comparable to SMS but visible publicly and permanent.
It is possible to follow people so that their messages get automatically displayed on Twitter. That's the basic concept which proved to be very popular.
Nested Twitter Replies [link]
Twitter users can post replies to messages which are by default just displayed like any other message meaning that they are not grouped together. The Nested Twitter Replies userscript takes care of that by grouping the original message and the replies together.
Twitter Trends Explained [link]
Twitter trends are topics of public interest that are displayed in the right sidebar of the profile page. This covers a wide variety of topics from technology to politics and environment. There is no explanation on the topic by default which is changed by Twitter Trends Explained.
Endless Tweets [link]
Twitter displays a limited amount of messages per page. Users need to click every time they want to view additional messages. The Endless Tweets userscript will automatically load the next batch of messages when the user reaches the end of the page.
Twitter Search Results on Google [link]
Displays Twitter messages in Google Search results effectively combining Twitter messages in Google Search.
TinyURL Decoder [link]
The TinyURL Decoder supports dozens of different url shortening services that are being used by Twitter users.
Twitpic Thumbnailer [link]
Many Twitter users post images to Twitpic and link to these images in their Twitter messages. This userscript allows Twitter users to preview the thumbnails of those images.
Twitter Live Updater [link]
The Twitter message pages do not get updated automatically which means that users need to refresh them manually to check for new messages. The Twitter Live Updater will refresh the Twitter pages automatically periodically.
Twitter Friends Bio at a Glance [link]
This userscript displays information including the bio, followers and following count that are usually only visible on a user profile page
Updates the Facebook status with the Twitter status.
Verdict: The userscript's website lists hundreds of Twitter scripts that have been designed to change, add or modify functions and features on Twitter. They can really enhance the Twitter experience for users who regularly write and read messages.
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