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Ken Norton makes a very interesting observation about “people search”:

Somehow, subconsciously, LinkedIn has become my people search engine of choice. Interesting.

Interesting indeed.

I, too, have used LinkedIn to find people a few times. When it works, it works pretty well. But in my limited experience, it only solves half the problem. LinkedIn works well for finding someone when you already know their name. But if you’re looking for someone in your network of connections who can help with a woodworking project or has a special skill, it’s a different story.

I think there’s a big opportunity there.

It’s also amusing that the old Yahoo! People Search seems to do neither of those terribly well. It’s more of a “white pages for the Internet” that’s useful in a stalking sort of way. ;-)

Jeremy Zawodny is the author of the popular Jeremy Zawodny’s blog. Jeremy is part of the Yahoo search team and frequently posts in the Yahoo! Search blog as well.

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