Optimizing Week, Day 1 – YouTube
Hey everyone! I have some great news for you today. All this week, I will be showing you ways you can make your favorite Web sites even better. That’s right! We’ll be using Firefox and Greasemonkey to customize sites like MySpace, digg, YouTube, Wikipedia and Ebay. We’re kicking off the week with YouTube, so let’s get down to business!
YouTube is a great Web site for viewing videos. It has a huge collection of videos for any topic you could ever think of! There are plenty of tweaks you can use for YouTube, which I’ll be going over, but keep in mind that you don’t have to get them all. Feel free to try them out and then decide whether you want to keep them or not. Alright, with that said, let’s customize!
Video Downloader – First off, I am going to make it easier for you to download videos from YouTube by adding a link directly to the video page. You don’t even have to bother with an extension. The download link for this application can be found right under the director or creator of the video. I love this Greasemonkey script so much and I think you will too. The link to install this script can be found here.
Stop Video Download – For some strange reason, YouTube doesn’t have a Stop button on their videos. You can pause them, but YouTube will still continue to download the video. The advantage to being able to stop the videos is that if a video slows down your Internet connection too much, you can stop it and then come back to it later. This script adds a Stop button to all of your YouTube videos. If you’re interested in this one, the link to install this script can be found here.
YouTube IT – If you like to search the YouTube Web site for videos of things you read about on the Internet, this extension will make your life a whole lot easier. Just right click and select YouTube IT. For example, if you were reading about the iPhone and wanted to view a video about it, just highlight it, right click and select YouTube IT. The search area will then open. The link to install this extension can be found here.
Comment Remover – Do you love YouTube, but hate the comments feature? I know I could spend hours just reading through the comments for my favorite videos, but that just wastes my time. So, if you’re like me and want to remove all the comments, you’ve got to check out this Greasemonkey script. The link to install this script can be found here.
Coralized YouTube – There’s no reason why anyone wouldn’t want this next Greasemonkey script. It can make your videos run even faster. Cool, huh?! It does this by seeing if the video has been cached by a Web site called Coral. If you install this script, you can start to enjoy faster video download times right away! The link to install this script can be found here.
Now, these next few Greasemonkey scripts deal with tweaking YouTube’s graphic interface. You can’t use them all at once, because Greasemonkey can’t understand them all, but still, go ahead and read about them. Then give them a try and see which one you like the best!
YouTube Cleaner – We’ll start off with a script that will clean YouTube up for you. It’s called YouTube Cleaner and it does a great job of deleting some of the unnecessary items from YouTube. It’s magnificent, because it allows you to toggle any hidden items on and off. If you’re all about simple interfaces, this one’s definitely for you. The link to install this script can be found here.
Also, this Greasemonkey script is great to remove unnecessary objects from the search results. The link to install that particular script can be found here.
YouTube Theater – This one really makes you feel like you’re sitting in a movie theater. It’s just a large video with a dark background and no diversions. I highly recommend you give this one a spin! The link to install this Stylish style can be found here. Also, if you need instructions on installing Stylish styles, click here and read the article first.
Full Screen Auto – If you’re a YouTube fan, who’s always viewing the videos in full screen, why not make your life a little easier? This script automatically makes the videos open in a full screen version, just the way you like it! The link to install this script can be found here.
YouTube Googler – We’re going to end with my favorite YouTube interface, YouTube Googler. What it does is combine Google Video’s great layout with YouTube’s huge video collection. The reason why Google’s layout is so convenient is because it has a larger video viewing size, with the comments on the side, so you don’t have to scroll down to see them. It’s really clean and sleek, so I definitely recommend that you check it out. The link to install this script can be found here.
I hope you enjoyed today’s tip. And don’t forget to be ready for tomorrow, because more Optimizing Week is coming your way!
~ Neil Patel