New Twitter Minimaliser

Twitter recently forced everybody over onto what they’ve dubbed “New Twitter.”

It’s got more functionality than the old version – which translates to “a lot more visual clutter.”

I’d been avoiding it for the most part, simply because I like clean, simple, straightforward. When I’m using Twitter on the web, I want to read tweets and send tweets. Nothing else.

Now I have no choice (if I’m using web-based Twitter), I thought I’d do something about it.

Thus, I present to you! The New Twitter Minimaliser.

This is a GreaseMonkey script, which means it works if you have the GreaseMonkey Add-on (follow that to get it) for Firefox, or if you run Chrome (where a lot of GreaseMonkey scripts run natively).

The New Twitter Minimaliser does the following:

Removes:

  • Recommended Users
  • Trends
  • User Recommendations
  • The “Witty Definition”
  • Ability to do new style RTs (one click & all done)

 

Adds:

  • Old Style RT button (where you quote the user & add your comment)

It also shrinks the dashboard on the side, and makes the main text area much larger. Ie, focusing the screen real estate on where it’s most useful.

It doesn’t screw with any of the code on the page (just the css) so it can’t add any new bugs. It’s also carefully optimised so it works very well on 1024×768 screens.

Oddly, now I’ve been running this script for a while, I actually prefer New Twitter to the old version. It’s much cleaner & snappier. Functionality wise it’s a bit of a wash – some things are easier, some things are harder.

Now, if I could just figure out how to get New Twitter to show me incoming DMs only (like old Twitter did, rather than one mushed up list), I’d be a super happy camper.

 

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September 17th, 2011 | Code, Web |