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Greasemonkey Scripts for Dating Sites

Greasemonkey Scripts for Dating Sites

My primary complaint with all dating sites is that they make profile thumbnails too small on the Search & Match pages. This is in the sites’ best interest because it encourages users to click through to view more profiles. This gives users the sense of more activity when they look at their Visitors page, it creates more advertisement impressions, and it increases the likelihood of users messaging each other. But it’s not in the users’ best interest to click around aimlessly.

Fortunately I’ve discovered some sweet scripts from the source of my killer Facebook hacks that help correct this problem in big ways.

First you’ll need to install Greasemonkey if you use Firefox or Greasemetal if you use Chrome. If you’re using another browser I highly recommend you switch (FF ftw imo btw lol omg). Next you just install the following scripts and refresh the dating site to activate them. I’m not going to mention scripts that remove ads from specific sites because I use Adblock Plus for that.

We’ll start with my favorite dating site, OkCupid. OKC Big Pictures allows you to view the full sized original photo uploaded by a user, without the OkCupid watermark. Once installed, go to the photos tab of any user (except yourself) and click on a photo that looks like it might have a large original version. There appears to be a maximum resolution of 1500 x 1500, which is 4.3 times bigger than Facebook’s max. If you liked that trick, you’ll love this: okcupid (terrible name, I know) displays the full resolution image when you hover the mouse over any picture on the site! This is a lot more fun if you have very high bandwidth like I do (20 Mbit down at home, 80 Mbit at work). These images also appear to be stored on slower servers than the rest of OkC’s images, but it’s a very worthwhile tradeoff in my opinion. I don’t use IM on OkCupid, but if you do, try out Better OkCupid IM Windows. And finally, if you’re getting a low response rate when messaging women, plug in SuperResponse and boost it to an 80% response rate guaranteed!

OnlineWingman is a toolbar and dashboard that tracks your browsing history and response rates to help you improve your effectiveness. It doesn’t work right away, but it could be interesting to see its charts after using it for a week or two. It supports PlentyofFish and Match.com. I’m pretty disappointed that nothing else useful exists for Match and POF, the top 2 dating sites.

All you eHarmony subscribers probably wonder like I do why the hell eHarmony hates pictures so much. They show you first names as your matches, but no pictures. Am I really supposed to remember 50+ people I’ve never met by their first names? The Ultimate eHarmony Matches Table fixes this shortcoming and makes a huge improvement on the My Matches page; you’ll come to realize that eHarmony is unusable without it.

Greasemonkey Scripts for Facebook

Greasemonkey Scripts for Facebook

I’ve always been a fan of efficient website navigation that balances the greatest usability with the fewest clicks and least scrolling. If you spend as much time on Facebook as I do, you should appreciate these efficiency enhancing tweaks I discovered a few months back.

These tweaks are scripts which only work in Firefox, and only after you’ve installed the Greasemonkey add-on. After you’ve installed Greasemonkey and restarted Firefox, browse through scripts at userscripts.org.

My favorite Facebook scripts include:

Facebook Fixer
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8861
Description: Enhancements for Facebook: bigger profile pictures and photos, easier viewing of albums, links to download videos, showing people’s age and sign, Google calendar integration, keyboard shortcuts & more. Compatible with new Facebook and fully customizable!
IMO: This is a very powerful script. It requires a little customization but it’s totally worth it. After install, scroll to the top of any Facebook page, open Settings > Facebook Fixer. Read through the settings and experiment.

inYOf4ceBook
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/8712
Description: Larger versions of thumbnails and profile pictures on mouseover on facebook.com.
IMO: Huge time saver. I no longer have to click through to new pages to see the full-resolution version of pictures. This duplicates a feature in Facebook Fixer but I prefer the way this works so I disabled the feature in Fixer.

Facebook Friends Checker
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/40027
Description: Regularly checks your Facebook friends to check whether anyone has removed you from their friends. When the script detects that someone you used to be friends with is no longer one of your friends, a message will appear informing you about who it was and giving a link to their profile page.
IMO: This works perfectly. When someone is no longer my friend it could be that they deactivated their account or that they removed me from friends. I know which is the case when I click their profile link. If I see their profile with the option to Add to Friends, I know I’ve been removed from friends. If their profile link just reloads my home page I know their account is currently inactive meaning they probably intentionally deactivated their account. It’s kind of sad how often I get removed as a friend, but at least now I know who not to invite to my birthday party.

Remove “Now Friends” Messages from Facebook Feeds
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/61160
Description: Remove “Now Friends” Messages from Facebook Feeds.
IMO: I don’t care who my friends become friends with. I have 723 friends and they make a lot of new friends. This doesn’t need to clutter up my Feed. Check out the “See also” section of this page for links to other feed hiders you might like, including Remove “Attending,” “Attended,” “Became Fan,” “Joined Group,” and “Now Friends” Messages from Facebook Feeds.

Facebook Show Age
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/59910
Description: Adds age next to birth date.
IMO: Perfect integration and works great. Age is far more important than birthday and it’s nice not having to calculate age in my head any more.

FBOnlineNow
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/59795
*ONLY works after you’ve installed this app: http://apps.facebook.com/invisible/
Description: Turn off Facebook Chat and use FBOnlineNow to see who’s online (active or idle friends).
IMO: I was a little confused at first but now i love it. After you install this you’ll see 2 chat pull-up menues next to each other. the original chat menu is between the new one and notifications; it’s confusing because there’s no icon on it any more.

Facebook URL Cleaner
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/29910
Description: Cleans Facebook URLs that don’t actually take you to a new page.
IMO: It works great. Now rather than http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=569919637#/profile.php?id=725831319, you’ll see http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=725831319

By the way my other favorite Facebook add-ons are Image Zoom and Download Statusbar. Cooliris is cool too but I usually have it disabled. And the most revolutionary, game-changing add-on ever made must be Addblock Plus. ABP deserves its own blog post though so look forward to that in the future.

If you try any of these, please comment and share your experience. Do you love these tweaks as much as I do?