StumbleUpon - Web Surfing Brought Back to Life!
StumbleUpon, the latest incarnation of social bookmarking services, offers users a different web surfing experience. It might just be that StumbleUpon has brought back what had been lost, the joy of surfing with an added bonus, that the user will actually find websites that are of interest to them.
In a world where so many web services don’t deliver on the statements they make on their websites, the StumbleUpon website states:
Channel surf the internet with StumbleUpon! Discover great websites, videos, pictures and more — all according to your interests.
- Channel surf the internet for great websites, videos, pictures, games and more!
- Get personalized recommendations according to your interests
- Rate, review and share what you find
- Keep an online history of the things you’ve Stumbled
StumbleUpon actually delivers what it says, but it does require some work on the part of the user. You will need to install a toolbar for your web browser of choice. Once you sign up and subscribe to some channels you will start to stumble sites that are related to that interest. As you rate sites you like and don’t like, your stumbles will start to be more in tune to your interests.
This is just the beginning of a users experience with StumbleUpon. The ability to share the sites you like with your friends adds to the users experience of StumbleUpon. Unlike some other social websites where adding friends seems to be the only point, StumbleUpon focuses on sharing websites of interests with your friends.
I have been a StumbleUpon user for close to a year after one of my websites was submitted to StumbleUpon. I can honestly say that it has brought back the joy of simply surfing the internet. If you have not tried StumbleUpon, go and try it out. Soon you will once again enjoy web surfing again.
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