Troys Twitter Script

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I recently wrote a post that recommended a few userscripts to boost your Twitter homepage. A week ago, a new script came out that embeds a few scripts into one.

Troys Twitter Script will make your Twitter homepage look like it’s shooting up steroids straight through its veins. Here is the list of additional features you will get on the homepage:

Nested Replies, @Mentions, Custom Search Tabs, Autocomplete, Pagination, RT button, Media Embed, URL Expansion, Hash Tag Search Links, Social Links

This app is really neat as it ‘unzips’ all the media, links and conversations that usually don’t appear on your homepage. I recommend trying it. Unfortunately, it makes my screengrab bug so I can’t show you a sneak preview 🙁

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There are two sites I go to when I have time to kill:

  • Userscripts: find new Greasemonkey scripts to optimize my social media life.
  • Friendorfollow: the service that tells you who is it that you follow but that doesn’t follow you back on Twitter.

Well I just found a nice little script that will decrease my regular visits to friendorfollow, the Twitter Show Followers:

Places a small icon over the pictures of people who follow you back on your Twitter home page.

That simple. And it works. The icon is not obtrusive. Again, it is a nice little addition that Twitter should consider integrating to make their service easier to understand for new users.

View Anybody’s @ Replies In Their Profile’s Sidebar

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A nice little script just popped up in the Greasemonkey repertory: The Twitter Sidebar Replies. As you can see on the screenshot here, it shows you all the replies that were directed to the user of the page you are on.

As you can imagine, this tool is handy when you want to see the social activity of a Twitterer, and maybe intricate yourself into his discussions.

I was using another script – the Nested Twitter Replies – to figure out directly from twitter.com who was talking to who. The problem is that the script is accurate 60% of the time. Some people hit the reply button just to save time writing the name of a person, but don’t actually intend to reply to a previous tweet. Others write the @ directly, making it impossible for a computer to discriminate a real reply. The script wasn’t adding much value to my twitterings.

If you are interested in trying out a few scripts for twitter.com, here is a short list to get you started: Endless Tweets – Loads older tweets endlessly when you’re scrolling on the Twitter timeline (may conflict with other scripts).

Nested twitter Replies – Adds nested replies to every Twitter conversation thread (the script I was mentioning above).

Twitter Enhancement: Re-Tweet This to plurk – Append a retweet button to the end of each twitter entry for the purpose to retwee this entry to Plurk (I don’t really use Plurk, so i can’t judge the efficiency).

Google Reader + Twitter – Adds reader posts to twitter when clicked.

Twitter Sidebar Replies – Shows replies to a user is the sidebar of that user’s Twitter page (the topic of this article).

Twitter Tips: Show Replies To A User In The Sidebar

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A nice little script just popped up in the Greasemonkey repertory: The Twitter Sidebar Replies. As you can see on the screenshot here, it shows you all the replies that were directed to the user of the page you are on. As you can imagine, this tool is handy when you want to see the social activity of a Twitter user, and maybe intricate yourself into his discussions.

I was using another script – the Nested Twitter Replies – to figure out directly from twitter.com who was talking to who. The problem is that the script is accurate 60% of the time. Some people hit the reply button just to save time writing the name of a person, but don’t actually intend to reply to a previous tweet. Others write the @ directly, making it impossible for a computer to discriminate a real reply. The script wasn’t adding much value to my twitterings.

If you are interested in trying out a few scripts for twitter.com, here is a short list to get you started:

  • Endless Tweets – Loads older tweets endlessly when you’re scrolling on the Twitter timeline (may conflict with other scripts).
  • Nested twitter Replies – Adds nested replies to every Twitter conversation thread (the script I was mentioning above).
  • Twitter Enhancement: Re-Tweet This to plurk – Append a retweet button to the end of each twitter entry for the purpose to retwee this entry to Plurk (I don’t really use Plurk, so i can’t judge the efficiency).
  • Google Reader + Twitter – Adds reader posts to twitter when clicked.
  • Twitter Sidebar Replies – Shows replies to a user is the sidebar of that user’s Twitter page (the topic of this article).

10 Scripts to Muscle Up your Google Reader

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Google Reader is my social media cockpit, the place where I pilot my online life. A lot of information ca be processed through the greader, but the trick to grow your online presence is to transform incoming RSS signals into outgoing signals. Here are a few tools that can dramatically increase the interaction between your feeds and other social networks.

A great source for info about Google Reader is Louis Gray, a darn smart tech blogger and feed lover. Those are GreaseMonkey scripts by the way, so get the add-on here if you want the following links to work for you (for FF only).

  1. greader to Delicious: Adds a button at the bottom of your feed to directly bookmark this item in your Delicious account.
  2. greader to Digg: Same as above, but submit items to Digg.
  3. greader to Twitter: Same as above, but shares the link on your Twitter stream – a less involving way to share links.
  4. Expand article in greader: A great tool for saving time on opening and closing tabs, something that can be really messy when you start getting +1000 feeds a day. See it as a mini-browser that sits inside any of your items’ box.
  5. Filter your feeds by keywords: This one is a precious baby. Simply specify which keywords you prefer or dislike, and the script will highlight related articles in a color that indicates the items that contain your keywords. Excellent when you are in a hurry to find that specific piece of news (works only in view lists mode).
  6. Optimized greader: Not everyone might like this one as it changes the design of greader to make it more compact, therefore showing more items.

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  7. Show Disqus Comments: No need to open link in a new tab, or expand the page with the expand tool above. Click the comments button to make the Disqus comment thread appear and participate to a post’s discussion.
  8. Blogsearch box in your greader: Sometimes you really get excited about an item that just rolled in your reader. Investigate a little more before sharing it back with the community, submit it to the Blogsearch first.

    Other Google Reader tools:

  9. greader integrator in gmail: As the name says, this script will display your feeds in a sidebar widget, and expand if you click on a feed. It can be super useful if you post blog posts from your gmail account for example.
  10. Readair: Adobe Air app to read feeds from your desktop. Can be useful, but I see greader as a connectivity tool, and the readair cannot be tweaked with all the script goodness I mentioned above, so it ends up being a plain feed reader (ability to star and share though).

Those are the basic tools you should use if your online activity implies a lot of sharing. There are probably a ton of other scripts to be used, so make use of the comment box below to share your knowledge. It would be greatly appreciated.