April 10, 2009

Greasemonkey Script Quiets FriendFeed Beta Discussions

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can simply be too much. For some Webheads, the information firehose that is the new FriendFeed beta can be too much data coming too quickly - a constantly updating roller coaster. In my follow-up post, I suggested one way to help turn off the avalanche would be a simple toggle switch to not display comments and likes, showing only new entries. It's a position Robert Scoble also mentioned when he and I talked about the beta the day before it officially launched.

Now, thanks to a Greasemonkey script authored by Matt Shaulis, you can take on the real-time feeds without being constantly updated with a barrage of updates as other FriendFeed users participate with comments and likes on the feed.

So if you're a FireFox user, and a FriendFeed user, and run Greasemonkey, you can make the new beta a little quieter and a little more palatable, if the constant stream isn't quite your thing.

To get started, start FireFox and head to:


Make sure your Greasemonkey is enabled.

One Typical Entry With Likes and Comments

The Same Entry With the Greasemonkey Script Installed

The next time you start up the FriendFeed beta, you'll see a busy feed has been significantly silenced. And of course, if you ever want to get back the core elements of FriendFeed that make it social, just turn it off.