Up until recently, I was using numerous Greasemonkey scripts to add separate tabs in FriendFeed so that I could access sites like Ping.fm, Kwippy & Google Reader directly from my account. The disadvantage to using separate tags though was that there were only certain ones available for me to use. For example, there are tabs for Plurk, Google Calendar, Remember the Milk, and Identi.ca, just to name a few.
Now, with the help of Better FriendFeed, there’s no longer a limit to the kind of tabs you can add to FriendFeed. In addition to being able to add any tab that you want, Better FriendFeed also helps to make FriendFeed “cleaner”.
So, what is meant by making FriendFeed “cleaner”? Well, as you can see from the “Before Better FriendFeed” screenshot above, the large FriendFeed graphic takes up a lot of space, forcing your tabs to all be pushed over a great deal to the right. This only leaves you so much room to add custom tabs on the right side. Also, there are no separators between posted items, which can sometimes make it a pain to keep up with the long page of content.
Now, in the “After Better FriendFeed” screenshot, the large FriendFeed graphic is replaced by the FriendFeed favicon (which as you can see is tiny). Your default tabs are now pulled closer to the left, leaving you a lot of room on the right to add more custom tabs. There are also separators between posted items, which helps make FriendFeed easier to read. Lastly the tabs no longer have rounded edges, they are now squared.
So as you can see, using Better FriendFeed gives you a lot of added space which enables you to be able to have even more tabs.
The “Cleaner FF” feature is off by default but can be enabled in the Better FriendFeed options.
Now that you have more room for tabs, it’s very easy to add a tab for any site you want to be able to access in FriendFeed.
When adding tabs you’ll need three things, one of which is optional. You will need to enter a name for the tab, a url for the website that you’d like to access, and a url for a favicon (which is optional). It’s best to enter a url for a favicon though, since that is what will show on the actual tab.
Initially Google Reader, Gmail, and Identi.ca are already included with this script and are on by default but you can take them off if you’d like.
So as you can see from the screenshot above, I have 4 tabs that I’m using which are Google Reader, Socialthing, Facebook, and Kwippy; all of my social hangouts in one spot. You can also see the 3 text boxes that allow you to add more tabs.
If you’re wondering how to access the Better FriendFeed options, you simply right click the Greasemonkey icon in your status bar, scroll up to “User Script Commands” and then scroll over to “Better FriendFeed”. From there, a box like above will open up. So as you can see, Better FriendFeed is very easy to use and customize.
With the ability to add any tabs that you want and a good amount of them, why not turn FriendFeed into your one stop social headquarters? This can save you a lot of time since you will only need to go to one site to access your social hangouts.
Also, if you’re like me, you probably keep a lot of tabs open in your browser which can slow down your browsing quite a bit. So now you can also speed up your browsing by using Better FriendFeed. Lastly, there’s no need to add all those different Greasemonkey scripts for each tab – just use this one script to add all the tabs you want and uninstall all the rest.
Have you turned FriendFeed into your social headquarters yet? If not, do you plan to? What do you think of the Better FriendFeed Greasemonkey script? Do you have any other Greasemonkey scripts that you would prefer over this? Please let us know in the comments.
(By) Charnita is a social media addict & internet junkie. She blogs about web apps, internet tools, social networking, web 2.0 & internet marketing on her Social Web Tools blog.
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