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If you haven’t heard of Greasemonkey, you must be a latecomer to the Internet. Greasemonkey Greasemonkey Makes Firefox Unbeatable Greasemonkey Makes Firefox Unbeatable Read More is a Firefox script that allows anyone the ability to tweak appearance of and additional functionalities to any website using Javascript. Because of this, Greasemonkey has become a very popular and powerful Firefox add-on over the years. From the ability to make Twitter more secure, to purifying Facebook, Greasemonkey’s got you covered.

MakeUseOf has published a lot of articles on Greasemonkey scripts. Among the more popular articles are 20 must-see Greasemonkey Addons 20 must-see Greasemonkey Addons(No Technical Knowledge Req.) 20 must-see Greasemonkey Addons(No Technical Knowledge Req.) Read More , 6 Cool GreaseMonkey Scripts To Rock Your Friendfeed 6 Cool GreaseMonkey Scripts To Rock Your Friendfeed 6 Cool GreaseMonkey Scripts To Rock Your Friendfeed Read More and Some Of The Best Greasemonkey Scripts For BitTorrent Users Some Of The Best Greasemonkey Scripts For BitTorrent Users Some Of The Best Greasemonkey Scripts For BitTorrent Users Read More , be sure to check them out to see what you’re missing.

Now, let’s get a move on, shall we? Here are 5 Greasemonkey scripts that have made my browsing experience much easier. I hope they do the same for you.

TinyURL Decoder

If you use Twitter, like nearly every other MakeUseOf reader, then I am sure you will find a use for TinyURL Decoder. As is mildly obvious from the name, TinyURL Decoder automatically decodes shortened URLs 10 Short URL Services Face Off! 10 Short URL Services Face Off! Read More from sites like TinyURL, is.gd, cli.gs, etc. This can be especially helpful in differing URLs that could possibly contain links to sites that are known to be scams, spammy, or just not worth your time. Definitely quite helpful.

Install Anyways

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Nearly all of you reading this article are likely using a fair amount of Firefox add-ons (I should hope!), and have experienced the trouble that comes with being unable to install your favorite and absolutely necessary Firefox extension due to a new update, nightly build(s), etc. Well, here is your solution! Enter Install Anyways. Install Anyways a simple script that runs on the Mozilla Add-Ons page that will allow you to install any Firefox add-on, putting aside any – and all – compatibility issues.

Automate Reddit

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Reddit has become an extremely fast growing media monster in the tech world, and rightfully so. It’s more, in my opinion, user-friendly interface and generally good selection of stories that aren’t covered by the media, have led Reddit to what it is today. Unfortunately, as all large websites eventually circum to, annoying junk often gets added to such sites frequently, and because there is only so much time in the day, Automate Reddit comes to the rescue.

Automate Reddit automatically searches the page when you load http://reddit.com for things it would consider nonsense, e.g. political articles, misplaced foreign language articles, repetitive topics, etc; and automatically reduces their votes. Not only is this helpful for personal viewing, but in my experience, Automate Reddit makes your Reddit reading experience that much more enjoyable by eliminating weird and irrelevant topics.

Digg Mirrors

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Digg has also become an extremely valuable and widely used social bookmarking platform, allowing users the ability to decide what it is they want to see, instead of what the mainstream media says. One of the problems with this immensely popular resource is that, well, it is immensely popular. Any site that is Dugg enough times to get to the front page is nearly certain to have its web server go down (also known as the Digg effect).

Fortunately, Greasemonkey has us covered. Digg Mirrors is a very simple Greasemonkey script that adds small favicon-like links under each story on Digg to let you view a cached version of the site, even if the original site is down! This one is certainly a necessary install for any user of Digg.

Facebook Purity

Many people these days have Facebook accounts – around 200 million in fact – and seriously annoying quizzes with the day. Staying true to its title, Facebook Purity removes all of those annoying quizzes, application notifications, etc. and really does make Facebook pure again. I highly recommend trying it out.

What absolutely awesome Greasemonkey scripts do you use? Tell us in the comments!

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