BuddyFetch "Random" Friend Finder and Dating Search for Firefox
BuddyFetch is a social networking friend finder add-on for Firefox that searches for random people to meet across multiple networks as well as dating websites. According to the developer’s website, this add-on for Firefox searches hundreds of websites with one simple search term. And it does: it searches all the basic sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and many others. For a complete list, visit the BuddyFetch page to "add your profile" and click the drop down menu titled, “Where can we find you." This was the only way possible to look at social networking site availability. While this might not be the greatest add-on in existence and could benefit from some modifications, it is different; it has a feature set no other add-on for Firefox offers that I know of. (If there is another add-on friend finder like this one, please leave a comment so I may review it.)
With the added functionality to search by name or by interest, profession, hobby, social network, activity and other related searches, this add-on installs a bit differently. It is not an actual “add-on" in the strictest sense of the word. It adds a search site to the drop down menu of the search bar. By entering a person’s name or other search term, such as “computers," in the search bar and changing the search parameters to the BuddyFetch, it will search BuddyFetch’s database of people tagged with the term entered. It also allows the user to create alerts for specific people if they are not found with the initial search. While this add-on for Firefox is simple to use, it does not work so well with people’s names, as it did not find mine and I am quite prolific on the web. However, I believe users must add their profiles manually, as it did find thousands of entries for specific terms.
Overall, this is a good friend finder for Firefox. While it could offer more features, its basic search functionality is excellent. Not only does it help find people one might never know exist, it also offers hundreds of more social networking site databases than any other friend finder ever seen and promises over 2000 by the end of 2011.
Warning: Mozilla has not yet reviewed the BuddyFetch add-on and the website states that you use it at your own risk. However, I have used it and reviewed all of its features and had no problems with it at all. While it also does not state which versions of Firefox is compatible with it, I use version 3.6.08.