Recursing 12 days ago

I recently found out that you can just click "log in" and then click the "X" in the top left to close the modal, without actually logging in.

Previously I was using this bookmarklet:

javascript:(function()%7Bdocument.querySelector("html").style%5B'overflow'%5D %3D 'visible'%7D)()%3B

  • mg 11 days ago

    Yay, the two-click solution is awesome!

    That is what I like about HN! You post a one-line-of-code solution for something and someone comes up with a way to get rid of even that one line!

    I put that info in the repo now.

MonkeyMalarky 12 days ago

Fantastic. I don't have a twitter account and it's really annoying to open a link and find out twitter thinks it's adult content (often not really) and get a login page. Or just scroll too far into the replies get hit with a login.

awinter-py 12 days ago

cannot believe twitter web ux is as bad as it is

feel like it's half not their fault (scrolling is hard to customize in the DOM), half mostly of their fault (you can use columns to make infinite-scroll interfaces less neurologically grating), and half totally their fault (giant dom hierarchy that ruins my ram, loading recirc before content, zero confidence when ctrl-clicking something whether it will actually open in a new tab)

  • recursive 12 days ago

    The reason it's hard to customize scrolling is probably that it worked perfectly well in the first place. The solution is to stop messing with it.

    • andirk 12 days ago

      I often feel like every advancement in web UI is a downgrade. In other words, bring back <blink> and <marquee>.

  • labster 12 days ago

    Nitter provides superior UX even though it takes 10 times longer to load. Think about that, I’m waiting 15 seconds because that is more enjoyable than Twitter’s native interface. No nags, no autoplay videos, no repeated clicking to see a single thread, reasonable amounts of whitespace.

    • 3np 12 days ago

      10 times longer sounds abnormal. Try self-hosting and it may even load faster.

aquova 12 days ago

Nitter is an excellent alternative. The only thing stopping me from 100% using it, as I have for Reddit->Libreddit and Youtube->Invidious is the lack of some sort of timeline. I tried setting up an RSS feed for it, but I mostly use Twitter to follow artists I like, and it wasn't easy to browse. Fortunately, there is a pull request for this feature ( but it's been sitting for a while.

  • Ambolia 12 days ago

    You can separate users with commas on nitter to get a chronological timeline:,PeterZeihan

    Otherwise you can get RSS links from nitter and add them to the browser extension Fraidycat, I'm not 100% happy with it but it's decent to follow RSS links in a sort of timeline kind of way:

    • bjelkeman-again 12 days ago

      That Fraidycat app is really very interesting. Thanks, I am going to try that out.

imron 12 days ago

The existence of something like nitter demonstrates 2 things:

1. There is massive demand for the product Twitter has on offer.

2. Twitter is utterly incompetent at capitalizing on that demand.

This has been true more or less for Twitter’s entire existence.

berkut 12 days ago

Mildly off-topic, but...

One minor annoyance I have with one of the "open" Nitter hosting sites I use to follow Twitter accounts is that Nitter seems (at least on iOS) to save bookmarks with the original twitter URL instead of the Nitter one I'm currently viewing, and I then have to manually edit the bookmark URL to correct it...

Does anyone know if it's possible to control this (with an option?) if I were to host Nitter myself (open source I guess, but still)?

  • pwdisswordfish0 12 days ago

    The bookmarked URL is under the control of your browser. Could you provide more detail?

    • berkut 12 days ago

      Looks like it's a Safari "issue", in that the HTML has: <link rel="canonical" href="originalURL">

      in the main page, and Safari uses that, rather than the actual page, I guess by design.

      Doesn't seem to happen in Firefox on MacOS or Linux.

stefanvdw1 12 days ago

I’ve been wanting to make a browser extension that does this for multiple sites.

Besides Nitter, what other options exists out there for sites such as Reddit or Instagram?

mnd999 12 days ago

It’s pretty easy to host your own Nitter instance too (I do) if you want to avoid the rate limiter errors.

  • Macha 12 days ago

    This does negate some of the privacy from Twitter advantages, especially if hosted in your home network. Of course nitter also has the privacy from instance operator question, and your two options are basically to use a small list of instances you trust or such a large pool of instances that the instance operator has very little to link together

westcort 12 days ago

Here is the same code, except you can just drag and drop the code into your bookmarks bar:

What a great idea!

Edit: Please note that this will only work for desktop browsers

  • pwdisswordfish0 12 days ago

    The instructions provided in the README (about manually bookmarking a bookmarklet link) reflects the careful process that has to be followed to use bookmarklets on mobile browsers. The instructions to drag and drop this bookmarklet (or even long press and copy the link destination) will fail for anyone who's not using a traditional desktop/laptop form factor computer system.

    • westcort 12 days ago

      Thanks! I have added that disclaimer.

cglong 12 days ago

I wish this was a browser extension so the redirection could happen automatically! Would probably function similar to [1].


  • mg 12 days ago

    I prefer bookmarklets for a few reasons:

    Compatibility: Bookmarklets work on all devices. Deskop, iOS and Android.

    Security: I can easily read and understand the code. They only run when I invoke them. While extensions have access to everything you do an any page, bookmarklets only have access to the page where you invoke them.

    Flexibility: They are easy to change. For example in this one, I will probably update the array of Nitter instances regularly.

    Usability: I can organize them just like my other bookmarks.

    Sharing: I can put the bookmark in just a line of text in a text file with an explanation. As I did here. No need to dabble with extension repositories of Firefox and Chrome, as you would have to with extensions. I don't even know how it would work for other browsers.

    • ramesh31 12 days ago

      They are great for us developers who can vet every line. But extremely dangerous for non technical users.

  • calvinmorrison 12 days ago

    I use "nitter redirect" for firefox.

    I actually don't like it, I spend more time on twitter now

loceng 11 days ago

Tip of the day: Replace "Reddit" with "Reveddit" of any URL to get access to an archive of deleted comments/accounts [assuming archived in time before deletion]

beckman466 12 days ago

it would be easier if twitter just ported itself to Secure Scuttlebutt or the myriad other p2p/dweb projects.

  • elil17 12 days ago

    The reality is that Twitter will never do that. They have absolutely no reason to.