Orkut Started Showing Google Adsense Ads on User Homepages…

From last few days, I was seeing Google Adsense ads on Orkut users homepage.

Following screenshot highlights ad in lower-right corner which is taken from my friend Vijay’s account…

orkut showing google adsense ads on home

There are few things to note about these ads which shows Orkut is still not serious about making money out of it!

  1. First they are mix of image as well as text ads. Other Google services show only text ads. Text ads work better and took less time to load.
  2. Its mentioned clearly that they are "Advertisement". In other Google services they put "Sponsored Links" around ads. Sponsored Links could bring more clicks compare to Advertisement caption!
  3. Long time back orkut started showing ads in community pages but now they moved to user homepage directly. Still scrapbook are left clean which is most accessible area of orkut as per orkut trends.

Looks like orkut is still experimenting with these ads, as they are not shown everytime homepage loads. In fact, I haven’t seen any ad on my orkut homepage! It may be because of adblock plus addon, but a fellow blogger Pavan confirmed presence of ads via email around a week ago.

Personally I don’t think these ads are annoying at all. What do you think?

Useful Post: Enjoy Clean & Ad-Free Internet Using Adblock

Enjoy Clean & Ad-Free Internet Using Adblock Plus [Firefox Extension]

Firefox - AdBlock Plus Addon We all love free services! But there is a problem with free services – Ads.

While for a service provider it becomes necessary to run ads in order to keep service free some do it so badly that user gets irritate. Some banners and flash ads just take forever to download on dial-up connection and for broadband users, waste precious bandwidth in their limited plan.

But if you are a firefox user then you can get rid of all ads on Internet, thanks to firefox’s adblock plus add-ons!

Most firefox users are aware of Adblock Plus (ABP) – most popular firefox addon! But to get most out of it, it must be used with Filtersets.

Filtersets make it easy for Adblock Plus to block ads on the new sites. There are many filtersets available for different set of sites. For English language sites, EasyList + EasyElement are best. I just started using it after reading Ares comment. I earlier used Filterset.G Updater which is officially not recommended by Adblock Plus developers as mentioned here.

So just install these Adblock with your favorite filtersets and you will never see any ad again! Thanks Ares for very helpful comment… 🙂

Links: Adblock Plus | List of Filtersets | Download Firefox

21 Ways To Download YouTube, MySpace, Google, Metacafe and other videos!

Top Video Sharing Site Logo Chart

In past we have written about various hacks to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe and other video sharing sites. After receiving good response to all of them, I have decided to compile a complete list of alternatives for every possible ways and here is the outcome.

We have tested more than 60 alternatives. To limit our testing efforts, we eliminated all candidates who offers trial/paid service or forces to register user. Next of course ease of use and support for multiple video sharing site has been considered. Enough chit-chat, enjoy the list… 🙂

The list is organized across different categories like web based, desktop version , etc.


Web Based

KeepVid logo 1. KeepVid – It supports almost all popular sites like YouTube, Metacafe, etc. Have bookmarklet option to download videos in one-click. You have to rename downloaded file to add .flv extension. You can use VLC media player to play flv files. Read More

FlashLoad Logo 2. Flashload – Replica of Keepvid, but also available in Deutsche language. Supports 50 video sites. Maintains list of last 20 videos downloaded on homepage.

videodownloadx logo3. videodownloadx – Same like keepvid but have option to convert video online into 12 different formats. They ask for email address in conversion option. In case you have concern about it try next..

vixy.net logo4. vixy.net – Supports less number of site than keepvid and less number of conversion formats than videodownloadx but simplest to use. Also they don’t ask for your email address. Read More…

Media Convertor Logo5. Media Converter – Supports many video sites. Conversion options gives nice compression ratio. It have too many options and wizards. Good for advance users, bad if your looking for quickie. Converter is also available for download as windows only version.

Zamzar Logo6. Zamzar – It also feature reach like Media Convertor but instead of giving their convertor away they offers online tool where you can upload existing flv videos for conversion. Good for Linux & Mac users as they don’t have desktop software to do the same.

kcoolonline logo7. kcoolonline – List of 211 video site they supports is eye-catcher. They do have a convertor but no bookmarklet option.

TubeG Logo8.  TubeG – Supports search and download from YouTube. Flagged video is available for download. Have bookmarklet as well as many interesting section to browse.

9. ilikeyoutube – Ability to search and download videos using top tags. As name suggest its only for YouTube.

YouTubeMania Logo10. YouTubia – YouTube only. Offers keyword based as well as user name based search option.

There are literally hundred of sites providing similar services, thanks to cost-effective web hosts like Dreamhost. Still if we missed any deserving site please let us know.


Firefox Add-ons

11. Video Download Helper – It is second most popular firefox addon with 234,815+ downloads. It supports adult sites. They also have dedicated tutorial section which is curtsey users of this addon only. Do I need to say more about it? 😉

12. Video Ook – Supports less number of site but better customization options. Most important feature – file renaming after video title. Yep, all you tube video get downloaded with file name get_video so this extension is

GreaseMonkey Script To Download YouTube Video13.  GreaseMonkey Script – Those who love to do it GreaseMonkey way can use this script. Its for YouTube only. It adds a direct download link on all YouTube pages as shown in image. (New To GreaseMonkey?)

Extra Links: Download Firefox | GreaseMonkey


Mobile Users

14. ByWiFi – You can search, watch & download video from YouTube & Metacafe. Registration is optional but useful to track you usage history across site. It will be great if they add support for more video site. Read More..

Unfortunate I do not have more options for mobile users this time. But I will surely add in future. If you have one, please share it via comments. 🙂


Windows Users

Orbit Downloader Logo15.  Orbit Downloader – Integrates nicely with many video sharing sites. Just hover the mouse on video and a "Grab It" button will pop up immediately! Available in 30+ languages.

VDownloader Logo16.  Vdownloader – It can download and convert videos from many video sharing sites, saving them in AVI or MPG format. Supports few adult sites too!

KeepV Logo17.  KeepV – It also supports download as well as conversion. Conversion to MP4 format may catch iPod users. You need to manually copy-paste video URLs – Bad integration! Requires Microsoft .NET Framework.

18. Youtube Grabber – Very lightweight, but works for YouTube only as its name suggests!

For windows we got many softwares but most of them were paid. I don’t see any reason to pay for things when there are better alternative in freewares.


Linux Users

Linux Logo 19. Youtube-dl – This is a shell script. After installing you can use command like youtube-dl URL to download and play video automatically. Videos played using VLC player.

Again I failed to get any complete software for Linux. So personally I will go for web-based or firefox alternatives. Still if you are addicted to shell you can try the script above.


Mac OS Users

GetTube Logo20.  GetTube – Only option I found for Mac OS. Only youtube is supported as you might have guessed it. Good thing supports conversion to MP4, MOV and AVI formats.

Additionally script mentioned for Linux users can be used from terminal.


PHP Script

PHP Logo 21. Youtube Rippin – Finally if you are a coder and this large list impressed you, you can think of starting a site using this PHP script. Moreover if you have a PHP interpreter on your system, you can run this locally. Details are here…


Thats it! here we reach the end of this is a long list. I tried to cover all possible options but to err is human and if you think any deserving candidate is missing from list, feel free to comment! 🙂

I personally used KeepVid bookmarklet for long time, but now on will have greasemonkey script to do the job for youtube. I also use Video Download Helper. What’s your favorites?

Another Top Collection: 5 Best Torrent Search Engines

Insert HTML Signature in Gmail [Greasemonkey Script]

HTML Signature in Gmail

By default Gmail doesn’t allow HTML signature in outgoing emails. Means all tags you put into signature will appear as it is.

There are multiple ways to overcome this problem. Simplest is too have a HTML editor and copying HTML signature into Gmail, thanks to Gmail’s WYSIWYG editor. This method is good for one or two mails everyday.

Next you can do this using a Greasemonkey script either. As greasemonkey is for firefox only, other user can still follow method described above.

Firefox users can install Gmail – Insert HTML Signature script.

After installation, script will create a HTML signature box in left sidebar. There you can put as many signature as you want and also set which signature to be used by default (in case of multiple signature).

Also each signature can be assigned a memorable name as shown in screenshot below which appears when you add new or edit existing signatures!

Create A HTML Signature for Gmail

Once done, every time you compose a new email as well as reply to any, your signature will be be appended automatically.

if you are using plain-text signature in Gmail, that will be also added to new mails. You can either use both or remove old signature by going to Settings >> General >> Signature!

Links: Install Script | Greasemonkey | Firefox

Related: 3 Free Email Signature Generators

Vixy – FLV (Flash Video) to AVI/ 3GP/MOV/MP4/MP3 Online and Desktop Convertor!

vixy.net logoVixy started as an online service to convert a Flash Video / FLV file (Video format used by sites like YouTube, Metacafe videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online.

The simplicity of this service is you no need to use any hack to download YouTube, Metacafe, etc videos. Just give a video URL and desired file format, Vixy will download and convert videos automatically. Now this also means you can not convert existing flash videos on your disk.

Anyway here is screenshot showing three steps conversion procedure…

Vixy online FLV to AVI Conversion

  1. Paste a video URL into URL field.
  2. Select a desired file format from drop-down menu. Available options: AVI, MOV, 3GP, MP4 & MP3.
  3. Click on start button!

This online service also have desktop counterpart for Window and Mac platform. Unfortunately it (desktop version) also accepts only online videos in URL field. A option to browse and convert existing video must be provided in desktop versions to be more useful.

The service is free of course! 🙂

Link: Vixy.net Convertor | Download Videos from YouTube, Metacafe, etc

MyToday – Free RSS Feed to SMS / Email Service!

MyToday SMS -LOGOMyToday offers RSS Feed updates via Email / SMS. The SMS updates are limited to Indian cellphone users. The service is free, so do not expect instant updates.

I read this first on Pavan’s blog. Being online around the clock, personally I don’t need a service like this. But tested it on request of few orkutfeeds users and so posting how I used it!

Following is with reference to mobile version of MyToday…

#Register with MyToday (Its free)

  • To register, sms REG to 098452 98452. Only for Indian cellphone users.
  • They send back a password to the mobile.

#Login to MyToday

  • Use your mobile number and password to login.

For convenience, your all setting at MyToday can be reached from My World Link.

#Adding a RSS Feed

  1. Go to My World >> feeds >> manage feeds option. [Direct Link]
  2. You will see a list of folders there as well as option to create a new one. For time being select SMS. [Direct Link]
  3. Now put anything in Name, enter feed URL and check Send SMS option and click create. Thats it!

Adding a feed to MyToday

You can add as many feeds you want. But only time I received updates is around 10PM IST. So I guess they check all feeds only once per day!

#Useful MyToday Link –

  • MyAccount – You can add email address/ change password and perform other tasks.
  • Sitemap – In case you want to explore more!

Link: MyToday [via TechPavan]

[Screencast] WordPress 2.5 RC2 Video Demo – Dashboard

This is first screencast by Matt, founder & developer of WordPress – best blogging platform so far! It is showing dashboard of upcoming wordpress 2.5. Today wordpress 2.5 RC2 released. I am still waiting for final & stable build. First they bypassed 2.4 and also delayed 2.5. But if you watch this video you will come to know why its taking so long!

The most appealing feature is AJAX style tagging. Its there on blogger (blogspot) since long but I missed it very much here on wordpress. Many times I end up creating almost similar tags with one or two character differences. With auto-suggest feature there, this will never happen again.

Also the new gallery feature, much improved WYISWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, support for complete RSS are quite appealing and will abandon many plugins. I love wordpress plugins but I try to minimize their quantity to improve performance!

On personal note, I use svn to manage all wordpress blogs here and these RC build have no svn URL. So I can’t switch to them… 🙁

Anyway enjoy the show…

Auto Approve Pending Friend Request On Orkut!

Orkut Pending Friend Requests

This is a very small but useful script for orkut users who get many friend requests everyday!

I created this actually few week ago for orkutfeeds bot to automate approving pending friend requests.

At this point itself I want to make one thing clear that this script is plain and simple enhancement to orkut. Imagine having a new button named approve all. So do not think that this script will let you add anyone on orkut without other users knowledge or anything like that!

This is a GreaseMonkey Script, so you need firefox as well as GreaseMonkey addon to use this. In case you have both then you can go ahead or read this GreaseMonkey guide.


Install Link – Click here to install this script


Related Script Orkut Pending Friend Requests Deleter Script

Bloggers Anthem! A Must Watch Video For All Bloggers!

I don’t post things like this often, but its really nice video which I first saw in Pune bloggers meet organized by Vinni & indiBlogger team.

If you are blogger then you will feel like its made for you! Actually, I downloaded it from Metacafe using keepvid hack and renamed it as – "Bloggers Anthem"…

I watched it many times last week… Hope you like it! 🙂

Recommended – Download Videos from YouTube, Metacafe etc

Using Facebook Invisibly – New Facebook Privacy Options!

facebook privacy options

After Googles introduction of invisible status mode in Gmail Chat and improved privacy options for orkut users, its facebooks’ turn to do something better for facebook users privacy. And they really come-up with much better and easier to use privacy controls.

One new option really caught my eyes is ability to control who can see your online status!

You can find this option is profile privacy controls as shown in screenshot below..

facebook profile privacy option

If you set it as No one then you won’t show up in other online friend-list even when you are logged into orkut!

By the way if facebook is willing to offer this level of privacy feature then they should have added it to top-menu bar or on home page. A optional check box on homepage saying "sign me invisibly", like its there on many messengers sign-in screen, could be much better as people often like to switch their visibility depending on work load, etc.

Related Reading: Invisible mode in Gmail Chat