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9 Facebook Userscripts and Extensions

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.

FacebookDeletes

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]

Facebook | Add Status

facebook

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]

Update: This script does not work anymore. Use an ad blocker like Ads Blocker for Facebook or Facebook Adblocker for Firefox.

Secure Connections

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]

Facebook Fixer

facebook photo

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

  • Big Profile Pictures and Photos recently improved
  • Big Album Pictures
  • Video Download Links
  • Load Full Albums
  • Homepage Customization recently improved
  • Age and Sign recently improved
  • Calendar Integration
  • Keyboard Shortcuts recently improved
  • Re-Title
  • Error Page Reloading

This is a large script that changes many aspects of Facebook to the better. [link]

Update: has not been updated since 2011 and most of its features are not working because of this. Try Social Fixer for Chrome or Social Fixer for Firefox instead.

Facebook Purity

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]

Facebook Friends Checker

facebook friends

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]

Facebook Chatbar+

facebook chat

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]

Facebook Highlight Birthdays

Highlights the birthdays of today on the Facebook homepage. [not necessary anymore as birthdays are highlighted on Facebook automatically]

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9 Facebook Userscripts and Extensions
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9 Facebook Userscripts and Extensions
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The article reviews several userscripts and browser extensions that enhance or change Facebook in manifold ways. Scripts may block ads, batch friend deletion and a lot more.
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Comments

  1. ChrisW said on October 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm
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    Anybody know how well these play together? Do they step on each others’ toes?

    (I use Facebook Fixer, and have been pretty happy with it)

  2. steve said on October 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm
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    new release of facebook purity today: also blocks “became a friend of” , “is attending an event”, “became a fan of” and “joined a group” messages. get it here: http://bit.ly/fbpure

  3. l8o said on February 16, 2010 at 2:44 am
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    ..can somebody pahleeeeeese write an ‘auto page’ script for facebook home page to keep the page scrolling as you move down! having to click the ‘more’ link on the bottom left every time is tedious and time consuming!!

    thanks brainios!!

    ps: see ‘flickr auto page’ for example script :D

  4. l8o said on February 16, 2010 at 2:52 am
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    figures, the guy who referenced the original ‘auto page’ by mortimer wrote an error into the script so no one could find it.

    here are those two links again:

    mortimer’s original ‘flickr auto page’:
    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8594

    bohnman’s ‘flickr auto page 1.0.1:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6325

  5. Mesak said on August 11, 2010 at 9:42 am
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