Although social networking sites like Friendster never made much sense to me, LinkedIn seemed to provide a half-decent rationale for the pain of keeping an online contacts list up to date — networking in the business sense of the word. I’ve been using it for a while now and although the interface is fairly pleasant and the functionality is OK, I wasn’t blown away by it until today. When I found this:

Linked In offer a search widget for the Firefox search bar

Is this incredibly technically difficult? No. Is searching the site a major new invention? No. But this is ostensibly a business site. And the fact that they have taken the time to hack together a search plugin for Firefox makes me think that they might, you know, GET IT. And suddenly I’m much happier using them to make connections.