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LinkedIn Firefox Companion

June 2nd, 2006 at 7:07am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

It seems networking is definitely something everyone should be updating nowadays. There is some truth in the phrase, "It's not what you know, it's who you know."

The LinkedIn Firefox companion is an extension for interacting with the LinkedIn web site. The extension takes all of the common functions of LinkedIn and makes them available through a pulldown menu item and through a sidebar.

Installation of the LinkedIn extension was pretty easy, as are with all extensions. The sidebar was pretty obvious (View/Sidebar/LinkedIn Insider), but the LinkedIn pulldown menu wasn't installed properly. If you were looking for the LinkedIn pulldown menu, you need to right-click on the toolbar and click Customize. The icon, depending on your theme you have installed, may be invisible, but have a LinkedIn Companion description beneath the invisible icon. If you click and drag that to your main pulldown menu, it will still be invisible until you click the OK button.

That was primarily the drawback to this extension, but as soon as you add that to your pulldown, everything lights up and works properly.

If you are looking for jobs, use the LinkedIn Jobs Insider. The LinkedIn Jobs Insider will display a list of jobs currently available. The difference is that whoever is in your network, that person may work at the job you are interested in. Make sense?

LinkedIn has been my destination for networking and the LinkedIn Firefox Companion is helping me along the way. Aside from the additional step of adding the pulldown menu item manually, I give this extension a 4 out of 5.

(For those who are still using IE, LinkedIn didn't leave you out in the cold. There is a toolbar specifically for IE users as well).