Monday, April 03, 2006

Remove Annoying MySpace Media!

One of the most annoying things about MySpace is the ridiculous amount of autoplayed audio and video some profiles throw at you on opening -- interrupting your music or VoIP, hogging your bandwidth, and crashing your browser. That's one of the reasons Friendster initially beat MySpace in the Philippines: Friendster used to present less opportunities for multimedia abuse, and PCs here tend to have less horsepower and bandwidth than in the States. As my software engineer ex-girlfriend Cindy put it, MySpace is just "cluttered".

Firefox users are lucky, then, that the Greasemonkey extension allows them to install the Automatic MySpace Media Media Reomover, which disables most audio and video on MySpace profiles by default. Panicked users no longer need to waste time searching a profile for the off switches to its cacophony.

You can selectively enable/disable individual audio/video items on the page with one click -- so if you insist on hearing that bit of music or seeing that bit of video, you can. Of course, you can also turn it off just as quickly.

Now if only Tom would build this feature into MySpace. Come to think of it, Friendster's starting to need it, too.

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