PBTweet is a bookmarklet and userscript that enhances several aspects of Twitter by changing or adding new functions to the popular social network. Before we start looking at the features a word about compatibility.
The bookmarklet works with most Webkit based web browsers including Safari and Google Chrome. The userscripts are compatible with Greasemonkey for Firefox but also with Greasekit for Safari and Chrome userkit.
The features that are added are manifold for a userscript / bookmarklet. PBtweet will display conversations in chain balloons which makes it much easier to follow them on Twitter.
It will also remove redundant tweets automatically, add more messages automatically once the end of the page has been reached, insert new messages automatically at the top, expand shortened urls, offer picture previews and indicators and provide access to actions like translating and replying to messages.
The developers have created a demonstration video that showcases the functionality of PBTweet which is embedded below. It gives a great visual overview of the features offered by the bookmarklet / userscript.
Interested users find installation instructions and downloads at the developer's website.
Update: The PBTweet website is no longer available. There is however a Chrome extension that goes by the name PBTweet+ which you can install and run in the browser, and a userscript of the same name that is offering similar functionalities. The userscript has not been updated since 2011, the Chrome extension since the beginning of 2012.
The problem is that both extensions do not appear to be working anymore and that the developer of the programs seems to have abandoned the project for good.
You can keep up with development over at the new official project homepage. Note that it is not clear if the author will post an update ever again or if the project is officially dead.
Update 2: The extension is no longer available as well. There is no comparable extension available at this point in time unfortunately.Advertisement
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