Chance is you have a Facebook account. Hundreds of millions of users have one and at least some of them are looking for ways to change the standard appearance and functionality of the social networking website.
One unobtrusive way of doing that is to use so-called userscripts which can be loaded into web browsers like Firefox and partially into browsers like Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and even Internet Explorer. Firefox users need to download and install the Greasemonkey add-on, while Chrome users may want to install Tampermonkey instead.
The userscripts change, remove or add elements to a website if they are activated. They can, for example, remove ads, display download links, embed additional content or provide other benefits to the Internet user.
Note: Some of the scripts have not been updated for some time. This makes it likely that they may not work anymore on the Facebook of today.
If you want to delete friends on Facebook, you need to do that one by one on the Friend's page there. That's a problem if you do not want to remove one but maybe dozens or even hundreds of friends. That's where the Facebook Deletes userscript comes in handy. It allows Facebook users to batch delete friends on Facebook. [link]
You can change your status by writing something into the What's on your mind box. Some users like to see their previous status there before they start changing it. This is what the Add Status userscript does. It displays the current status next to the What's on your mind box. [not available anymore]
Remove All Facebook Ads
If you are not using an ad blocker in your web browser, you might want to consider running this userscript. It will remove all Facebook ads to remove these distractions from the Facebook website. [not working anymore]
If you visit Facebook, you usually enter through the HTTP address. Facebook is also offering to open Facebook using a secure https connection. This script automates the process by automatically loading the https website for Facebook and several others that are configured in the script. [not necessary anymore as Facebook uses https automatically]
One of the larger Facebook scripts. The developer is currently working on a new version of Facebook recently has made some design changes to their website. There is a lot that this userscript does including
This is a large script that changes many aspects of Facebook to the better. [link]
Don't like all those quiz and application messages on your Facebook homepage? Now you can get rid of them by installing the Facebook Purity userscript which automatically removes them from the homepage. [see above, available as a browser extension]
Want to know if any of your friends have removed you from being their friend? Now you can find out with the Facebook Friends Checker userscript. [not working anymore]
Gives you a collection of emoticons that you can click for a simpler way to experience emoticons in chat. [not necessary anymore as emoticons are provided by Facebook]
Highlights the birthdays of today on the Facebook homepage. [not necessary anymore as birthdays are highlighted on Facebook automatically]
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