Thought you knew everything about Facebook, didn't you? Here is how to take your Facebook account to the next level.
Put Facebook Chat in your browser sidebar
Is Facebook your main IM tool? You can place it in your browser's sidebar. For my tests I used Firefox, but this also works in Opera. In Firefox just go to Bookmarks, then Organize Bookmarks and click on the Bookmarks Toolbar. Select New Bookmark, and name it Facebook Chat. Then paste in this URL: http://www.facebook.com/presence/popout.php.
Make sure you've selected 'Load this bookmark in the sidebar' and hit Save. Now you're ready to go. Sorry IE fans - this is not for you; however, you can paste the URL into a new browser tab if you like.
Get back the old Facebook look (more or less)
Ever feel constrained by the Facebook layout and look? You can actually change the look of your Facebook page with some tinkering and a little help from a Firefox add-on called Greasemonkey that allows you to use Java Scripts to change the Facebook look. The only catch is the new look is something only you can see - your Facebook friends see the same old Facebook page.
Once you've added Greasemonkey to Facebook, visit Greasemonkey's companion site UserScripts.org and browse dozens of layout options for your Facebook page. Click 'install' on the new Facebook layout you want and let Greasemonkey take care of the rest.
Scripts on UserScripts.org can be submitted by anyone and are not reviewed by Greasemonkey. Before you download a new Facebook layout check out the user reviews and exercise caution before installing.
That being said, here are two of my favorites:
Remove Facebook Clutter
This is a close approximation of Facebook's previous look and feel. This hides the filters on the left side of the 'stream' and the 'highlights' section, and takes away the rounded corners on profile photos.
Facebook Color Changer
Pick a color scheme and change your FB colors. This script used to let you change the Facebook icon on the top left of the screen as well, and the developer promises this feature will be back.
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