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WidgetBlock Speeds Up Browsing by Removing Social Media Widgets

Chrome: If you’re tired of web pages cluttered with social media buttons, WidgetBlock bans the buttons and speeds up the load time of web pages in the process.

Even on a snappy internet connection you’ve likely noticed, thanks to the deluge of social media buttons loading in the background, a noticeable lag on popular web sites. WidgetBlock blocks widgets from loading (just like popular ad blocking software blocks ads from loading). The above screenshot, taken from a popular media site, shows just how much screen real estate is taken up by social media widgets. Installing WidgetBlock banishes the social media widgets and speeds load time.

Hit up the link below to grab a free copy.

WidgetBlock [Chrome Web Store]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/21/11

Comments (10)

  1. Jim

    any alternative for us FF users?

  2. Jim

    Nevermind: Adding the bottom 2 lists from — http://www.fanboy.co.nz/adblock/?q=node/806 — into adblock seems to have sped browsing up abit

  3. Tina3

    +1 jim…FireFox alternative please??? :)

  4. Anonymous

    For Firefox (FF) you might want to try “Ghostery” or even the “No Script” add-ons. Either one will block these annoying widgets by blocking the scripts that allow them to work.

    Ghostery: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ghostery/?src=cb-dl-mostpopular

    No Script: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/?src=cb-dl-featured

    I use both and never see a lot of page-crap (and a lot of places can’t easily track me either). Then again, I do have to be a lot more conscious about the scripts I allow in order to see certain content. Therefore, you might want to use only one like Ghostery since that add-on allows you to use a pre-configured white list (they only allowing certain scripts while denying all others, in other words). Either way, this is NOT for the faint hearted. Please also know that when you block scripts you are doing more than just eliminating widgets so you DO need to understand what you’re doing in order to see everything you want to see – like videos or even the occasional wanted pop-up.

    Another trick might be to find something that allows you to change your browsers “User Agent” too. The article is a little dated now that FF is into version 8, but you might want to read that one as well:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/18519/how-to-change-the-user-agent-string-in-firefox

    P.S. I’m NOT the author here either. Perhaps he can/will have other suggestions?

  5. LastLifeLost

    Similar function is provided for AdBlock users by using the Antisocial filter. Compatible with FF installs, too.

    https://adversity.googlecode.com/hg/Antisocial.txt

  6. e1sunz

    i like the lok of them dont know why u would wanna remove it .

  7. gyffes

    Nearly pitch perfect, e1… a bit too coherent, unfortunately, to really carry off the imitation.

    I’m reminded of the years we all flinched with someone with AOL in their name commented in a thread…

  8. swift

    Nice extension +1

  9. e1sunz

    @gyffes

    what are you on about ? lol

  10. yZugoslav

    Thi is super

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