I love a good hack. Facebook’s a pretty incredible application, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes the best way to fix an application is to let someone else other than the original creator have a go at it. Last night I discovered a little thing called Facebook Fixer and I think I’m in love.
Facebook Fixer is a script (or underscript rather) that causes web pages to do things they’re weren’t intended to do. Don’t get intimidated, it’s easier to do than you think.
Depending on what browser you’re using, you may need to enable your browser to run underscripts. Click here for a listing of browsers and what you need to do. I use both Firefox and Chrome. For Firefox I had to install the GreaseMonkey add on and Chrome didn’t require anything as it natively allows underscripts. Once your browser is ready, click here to install Facebook Fixer.
Once installing Facebook Fixer, you’ll notice a difference immediately. However, you might want to first visit your “account” from the top right menu and select “configure Facebook Fixer.” This will allow you to totally customize your Facebook experience. Here are a few of the things you can do:
- Big Profile Pictures and Photos
- Big Album Pictures
- Video Download Links
- Load Full Albums
- Homepage Customization
- Age and Sign
- Calendar Integration
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Error Page Reloading
- Menu Bar Transparency
- Automatically Check for Script Updates
- and more…
What interested me the most was the calendar integration. It’s really nice having facebook tell me when everyone’s birthday is, but I really like having birthdays in my personal Google calendar. Now I can click on any friends profile and there is a link to import their birthday directly to my calendar. Since Google is my primary email and calendar, as soon as I click that link, their birthday is scheduled on all my calendar devices. I love it!
I’ve only played with a few features so far. A few seem trivial and some annoying, but I can simply turn them off. Other features are down right amazing. Thanks hackers!
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