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GreaseMonkey Scripts For Web Professionals

Posted on 5.14.2008


Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox extension that allows users to install a script that makes modifications to the way Web pages look and act. The advantage for Web users of all levels is that an additional layer of functionality can be added - from price comparison within Amazon web pages to completely stripping Facebook of its advertising - scary, huh? GreaseMonkey however isn't just for a run-of-the-mill Web user, it adds a much improved experience for Web professionals too. Let's take a look at some of the most helpful Greasemonkey scripts and see what they can do for your productivity and success!

To use Greasemonkey, you'll need to be using the Firefox Web broswer and install the GreaseMonkey script itself. Once you're done, there are many repositoeries of Greasemonkey scripts, but the most respected and trusted is userscripts.org. You'll find thousands of scripts available, categorized well, that will help with personal web surfing and your professional endeavors. Below are just a few of our favorites. If you are interested in creating your own GreaseMonkey scripts, head over to diveintogreasemonkey.org  and dowload the free book on how to make it happen.

Extended Search Results
Displaying ten search results is the norm, but with the Google 100 script the first 100 results are displayed. Perfect for time-sensitive SEO's obsessed with rankings, this script is a must have in your SEO Greasemonkey toolbox. This script has been installed over 9400 times.

From Google Reader to Facebook & Twitter
A challenge for the social Web is the constant sharing that is required. The Google Reader Facebook script lets allows you to add posts to your Facebook page and the Google Reader Twitter script lets you do the same for that micro-blogging platform - and all in one click!

YouTube Videos
If you've ever included a YouTube video on your weblog, you know how kooky the code gets. With the YouTube Better Embed script, cleaner code is produced for embedding video. The script has been installed over 2800 times. If you're into downloading YouTube videos, another script is available that enables users to download and save video clips from YouTube, Google Video, MySpace, Break, DailyMotion and others.

Stumble With De.licio.us
This script allows users to add links to del.icio.us, then click a link to stumble all of the bookmarks at once. Delicious Stumbles lets users include the Same URL, title, tags and description, feature quick tagging, re-stumbling existing stumbles and more.

RSS Quick Subscribe
A real productivity booster, RSS Quick Subscribe shows users links to RSS feeds in teh top right corner of the site being visited. Just click that link and you'll be subscribed via Google Reader automatically.

Google Tag Cloud Maker
The real benefit of folksonomy is that we can see at a glance related terms. The Google Tag Cloud Maker generates a tagcloud from Google search results and inserts it above sponsored link. A great way to drill down on search results or find related keywords.

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