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LJ Username and Interest Search - Just Like Mom Used to Make!

Sick of the new search engine? Firefox has your back.

Go here.

Click on "Livejournal Interest" (for interests) and "Livejournal User Info Search" (for usernames).

This will install those two features as Firefox search engines.

To use: go to the search engine box on Firefox -- it's in the upper right-hand corner -- and select either the LJ pencil (for interests) or the head-and-shoulders person icon (for usernames). Type it in, hit return, and watch the results pop up just like they're supposed to.

Posted here by suggestion of foxfirefey on the latest news post. I didn't make either of these engines; I just found them through the magic of Mycroft.

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January 11 2010, 14:11:52 UTC 5 years ago

Awesome! Definitely have to try this when I get home!


January 11 2010, 14:26:07 UTC 5 years ago

Ooh, wonderful!

I hadn't seen the announcement about the new search; hadn't tried it until I saw this. Yuck. It uses word stemming and there's no way to turn it off.

I can't figure out why anyone would need to search for a username (I just put into the address bar & see if it's an active account), but searching by interests is *useful.* Thanks for posting this!


January 11 2010, 15:38:15 UTC 5 years ago

that's funny, I search for usernames all the time and always think "ugh why do they put "interests" first, who would need to search for that?!" :P

...which I'm sure lots of people would, but I've never found it useful.


January 11 2010, 15:47:41 UTC 5 years ago

Yup; everybody seems to split on the topic.

I like the new search, overall.


January 11 2010, 15:49:08 UTC 5 years ago

Same here. When they changed the default from "Site + User" to "Interest", I was a bit upset. Until someone showed me how to set up custom searches, which is basically what this is, though I did it manually.


January 11 2010, 17:27:05 UTC 5 years ago

I was so used to using the Firefox plug-ins instead of LJ's search that I didn't know they had changed it, either, until the news post a month ago where people were complaining about it. So I replied to the post just to give people a heads-up, and someone suggested I post it here.

Now if only we could search on multiple interests at once ...


January 11 2010, 16:44:21 UTC 5 years ago

Have something like this which works with Opera?


January 11 2010, 17:28:43 UTC 5 years ago

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about Opera. Sorry?


January 11 2010, 17:37:55 UTC 5 years ago

I had to give up the Fox for something that uses less memory. But thanks anyway


January 11 2010, 18:46:24 UTC 5 years ago

Go to:

Right-click in the Find text box.

Select "Create Search". Opera will make it into a search engine for you! :D (I love Opera. ;) )

The other search seems to have been exterminated from the new site schemes. (I knew why I wasn't switching from XColibur...) But if you go to my LJ you should be able to do the same trick from the Search box included in the layout.


January 11 2010, 17:20:32 UTC 5 years ago

Thank you!!!


January 11 2010, 19:12:12 UTC 5 years ago

This is fantastic, thank you!


January 14 2010, 17:28:05 UTC 5 years ago

lol I didn't even know I could swap search engines up there in the first place *facepalm*

Thanks for the tip!


August 9 2010, 11:11:46 UTC 4 years ago

This is great. I absolutely hate the new search page!



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