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Add cool features to Gmail, streamline the web, and get more out of the internet with these must-have Greasemonkey scripts.

Social networking

Use these smart social-site scripts to make your friends' online profiles less annoying.

Facebook Profile Cleaner

Facebook used to be the clean, simple alternative to MySpace and its practically seizure-inducing clutter. Then came Facebook applications.

For some Facebookies, these applications are the social networking site's greatest innovation; for others, nothing is more irritating than a page littered with SuperPokes and Scrabble boards. The Facebook Profile Cleaner script removes all custom apps and (optionally) other specific Facebook features you dislike, from the profile pages you look at.

MySpace Custom Style Remover

Despite its recent redesign, MySpace remains one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the internet — and one of the messiest. One source of MySpace's appeal is that users can customise the look and feel of their profile pages to fit their personalities.

The problem is that many of your MySpace pals probably have pages that, fairly or not, represent their personalities as loud, ugly and ridiculous. The MySpace Custom Style Remover returns all MySpace profiles to their clean, default origins.

Content filtering

Here are two great scripts to help you shield or unshield your eyes from online filth, and one to take the mystery out of TinyURL addresses.

Profanity Filter

The web's openness and impression of anonymity have redefined freedom of speech, but one side effect is that profanity has become ubiquitous online. The Profanity Filter script censors all of that awful internet ***, replacing common expletives with three harmless asterisks.

This script's default list of filtered words is large, but you can easily edit it to add words that you object to or to remove words that you don't find offensive. So if you never want to see the word 'platypus' again, you don't have to.

Uncensor the internet

On the other hand, you're not an idiot, and at sites that censor words with just a couple of fig-leaf-like asterisks, such as 'bull**it' you'd have to be pretty dim not to recognise what's being obscured. If that kind of ineffectual fastidiousness rubs you the wrong way, you can use the Uncensor the internet script to restore partially censored words to unexpurgated form for maximum shock value.

Tin Foil Hat

URL-shortening service TinyURL is the de facto tool of choice for shrinking long web addresses to ensure that they won't break in an email window or take up too much space online. Unfortunately, the magically truncated URLs also provide no context with regard to where the link will take you. If you're as paranoid as I am, that kind of ambiguity can eat you alive.

But after installing the Tin Foil Hat script, you can hover your mouse over any TinyURL link to reveal the actual destination of the TinyURL address. Never again will you be forced to click blindly through.

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