Hack: twitter_no_popups.user.js

Twitter has this nasty habit — if you come across a tweet in your feed reader containing a URL, and you want to follow that link, you can’t, because Twitter doesn’t auto-link URLs in its RSS feeds. Instead, you have to click on the feed item, itself, wait for that to open in the browser, then click on the link in the new browser tab. That link will, in turn, open in another new tab.

Here’s a quick-hack Greasemonkey user script to inhibit this second new-tab:


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  1. Posted July 2, 2008 at 10:59 | Permalink

    I can’t figure out the Twitter feed at all. I’m a Twitter newbie btw. Every time I add it to Google (even after verifying my login) it comes up blank. It’s acted differently on various times but I’m yet to get a feed of people’s updates into google reader. Any tips?

  2. Posted July 2, 2008 at 14:36 | Permalink

    hey John!

    yeah, unfortunately Google Reader can’t deal with it — it requires that you log in to access the feed and Reader doesn’t support that. I don’t think they have a way to fix it. bit annoying really.

    Me, I use a separate desktop RSS reader (liferea) to read just the high-volume stuff like Twitter and the Facebook status updates. It supports authentication, and also keeps them separate from the more “important” feeds.

  3. Posted July 2, 2008 at 14:48 | Permalink

    Grand. At least I can rest in peace now and stop trying to figure it out.

    Yeah I used a local reader once. Sage I think it was – but it was no good for multiple machines. Might try something like that just for work though.