Mr Speaker

Making Google+ like Twitter

Google+ is this service that google made that you might have heard about. It's like Twitter, except instead of 140 characters you can write a novel, or post every lolcat picture you find. Then, everyone's collected novels and lolcat collections then get collated and displayed into a single, mammoth, animated-gif-filled, crazily formated, document that google calls "your stream".

But a little discussed side effect of this is that the time it takes us to scroll from the top of our stream to the bottom wastes 400 trillion billion carbo units anually, and is also really annoying - so I made a tiny dotjs script to force every post to be exactly one tweet in height. If something strikes your fancy, then double click to find out more.
Google-: a shrunken view of Google+
So far I've found the shrunken feed to be 640% more useful, so I'm throwing out the Google- dotjs script. If I'm really really bored tonight I'll transform it into a plugin/greasemonkey script/google app/iphone application. But for now, here you go...


  1. Google minus. Genius!

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  2. +1 for the GreaseMonkey script plx! I’m not OSX/rubyish enough for dotjs goodness.

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink
  3. looks great, but how do i uninstall it if it doesn’t work out for me?

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink
  4. There are a number of chrome extensions, etc, that do this or similar. G+Me and gpMin are a couple.

    Note: I wrote gpMin.

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  5. This is great stuff, but I don’t understand why Google isn’t doing this themselves, and building it into version 1.0, at least 1.1 (it seems to be what everyone is crying out for), and saving all of us who have no idea what to do with a dotjs script …

    ps. Super sharp comment by Hank!

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  6. I shrank my feed by 100% by turning it off.

    (I don’t do Facebook either though)

    I’m pretty sure I’m becoming a grumpy old man.

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  7. Please make this into a chrome extension / or just a greasemonkey script !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
  8. I already started porting it to a user script:

    The JS part is nor working properly yet, but I hadn’t time so far to investigate it further. Maybe it’s a good starting point for your conversion.

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink
  9. If this were a Greasemonkey script, I’d install it right now! I’d gladly -1 this! :3

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink
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