I absolutely love, love, love this website! You know the times where you have a bit of time to kill, you've nothing in particular you need to do and you are sat staring at your computer screen thinking 'what can I google?', 'what can I look for on You Tube?' etc, well, this amazing site solves all that for you!
Firstly you will need to sign up to the website (stumbleupon.com) but this is literally a two minute job and you just really need your email address and to create a password, it doesn't need your life history. Once that is done you need to choose whay subjects you are interested in. For instance, maybe you enjoy reading about space, or ghost stories, or watching magic tricks, or looking at cute animal pics, or amazing sports clips, or funny pictures......whatever you're into you just tick the relevant boxes and then you are all set to go. You can also change these settings at any time.
Once you're all set up you just get started by clicking on the 'Stumble' button in the top left hand corner of the screen and away you go. The basic idea is that this site will stumble around on the internet for you searching different sites for things you would be interested in, saving you from having to do it yourself! If it brings something up you are not that interested in just click 'stumble' again and it will instantly find you something else. One click might bring you a page of inspirational quotes, the next might bring you a video clip of something funny off You Tube. You can 'like' or 'dislike' each thing it brings up if you wish, the more you stumble and the more you like or dislike the more it gets to know what you want to see. Everything you like then goes into your favourites list so you can look back at it later.
I love this, my friends love this, you will love this!
As if I didn't already have enough things on the internet to distract me, a friend of mine recently enlightened me on something quite fun and brilliant called 'stumbleupon', a website which he uses when he's at work, as he never seems to do any actual work.
Already wasting lots of time on sites like Facebook, and of course dooyoo, I was reluctant but slightly intrigued but what he called 'the ultimate internet time-waster and addiction.' After spending a couple of days on the website, I have to say I agree.
The version of stumbleupon which I use is purely the website. There is a button 'stumble' and once pressed, you get taken to a random website on the internet that other 'stumblers' have recommended! Once there, a little toolbar appears at the top of the page, which has the 'stumble' button, meaning you can keep pressing this and being taken to many a different website for hours on end.
Having Google Chrome instead of Mozilla Firefox, I don't know if you can actually download the toolbar as such on Google Chrome, but it seems you can, or at least could on Firefox and possibly Internet Explorer. However, considering the temporary toolbar which appears at the top when you enter the stumbleupon site, I don't see not being able to download it an issue as it is easy to use regardless.
Now I know stumbleupon sounds like a fairly pointless website so far - which I suppose it is! But it's also extremely entertaining. In the days when I've come back from a lecture at Uni and don't feel like doing anything, but can't focus on a film or anything, I feel this would be perfect. The different websites which you can stumble upon can contain so many different things, it's hard to get bored. You can change your preferences so if you want to see things specifically about 'Psychology' for example, then you can.
If you sign up to the website you can save your preferences, and get given a wider choice for what kind of random websites you would like to be shown, making it less likely of you getting something which is of no interest at all to you. On top of this, as other uses rate things they have stumbled upon either good or bad, you aren't going to get any old rubbish from the internet thrown at you.
The concept of this website is so simple, and makes browsing the internet a lot more enjoyable, as you come across so many random things. One of my logged interests is something like 'Photography', I believe, and I've seen some beautiful pictures whilst using stumbleupon. Another one of my interests is something like 'internet games' and every now and then it comes up with random games and puzzles that it thinks I should try - wasting a bit more time!
You can favourite sites, review them, even share them with your facebook and twitter friends. In general, this site is fairly pointless, but incredibly amusing. It sounds simple, and I guess searching random things in a search engine would do the same thing, but I like the ease of this website. If you've got five minutes and nothing to do - click on stumble. Something is bound to amuse you, and you won't be disappointed!
I recommend this website if you enjoy wasting time on the internet, or like my friend, want something different to distract you from your work! It sounds silly, it is. However, it's worth trying, just to see what randomness you uncover!
Stumbleupon is the perfect boredom cure. It is a personalised recommendation program that generates web-pages that may be of importance to you based on the criteria you provide and interests you have.
All you have to do is download a simply toolbar and then you're one click away from some very interesting web-pages. This toolbar works on both Mozilla and internet Explorer. There is an option to generate particular pages focusing on a certain interest, for instance, I am often on the lookout for new recipes so I chose the 'Food/Cooking' section on the toolbar instead of 'All' and I can then Stumbleupon many random recipes instead of waiting for one to pop up through the large variety of interests Stumbleupon has decided I have.
If you like a particular page that you've stumbled upon you can click on the thumbs up, if however you are not interested click the thumbs down icon and your recommendations are further adapted to what your preferences. You can also recommend certain sites to be included in Stumbleupon for other users.
I would definitely recommend this useful tool if you want a tailored surfingtheweb experience.
Stumbleupon is one of the many social bookmarking sites around today, you've probably noticed that next to numerous blog posts or news articles on the internet, there's a range of buttons - notably Digg, Reddit and Stumbleupon, these are sites that more or less give you a hand with browsing.
Although I signed up to stumbleupon, initially in hope of getting more traffic to my blogs, I soon became a little annoyed with the site. It wants you to add a stumbleupon button in to your search and soon begins nagging you about bookmarking sites on the stumbleupon website.
Basically when you let stumbleupon know that you like something, it gives it a rating and the most popular sites of the day begin to appear on its homepage (or at least the page linked with the same topic), stumbleupon begins to track your browsing and knows what you like and does it best to offer similar websites at a click of a button.
You can also spend ages whiling away the hours on their site, looking at the most viewed things of the day, there's often a lot of intriguing videos. Unfortunately these days, I don't browse the internet for fun and use it mostly to get a bit of money and check my e-mails. If I were using the net only for recreational purposes then I may find more time for the site but as it stands, I'm not a huge fan.
This is possibly the best invention in the history of the web, and the one that is worst for productivity. It's a simple concept; you enter in a few interests, press a button and stumble upon shows you lots of pages that match your interests. Most of the ones I've seen I would never have known about without stumble upon.
I have Firefox, and StumbleUpon have a handy little toolbar add on for Firefox, meaning that the entirety of the internet is no more than a click away. I'm often found stumbling late into the night, every time I click telling myself 'just one more site'. This truly is what 'surfing the web' should be like, and I have not idea how it was done in the days before StumbleUpon.
I should issue a word of warning though; you have little control over the sites that appear apart from the interests that you give them. I have 'bizarre' listed as one of my interests because I like things that are a little oddball, but fairly often I will get taken to a page about extreme body modification which can get quite graphic and a little disturbing.
But other than the bizarre things that sometimes crop up, the only disadvantage to StumbleUpon is the way in which it takes over your life. You will never look at the internet the same way again!
Stumbleupon is a social networking site that allows you to make friends, form networks and share websites that interest you.
When you sign up you download a piece of software which works in your browser tool bar. When you click on 'Stumble' it feeds you websites that you may be interested in. If you like them you can give them a thumbs up, and if not a thumbs down. You can then comment on them if you wish and share them with your friends.
At sign up you select categories that interest you are you and your initial 'feed' will come from these categories. As you Stumble more, the software gets to know which sites you prefer and feeds you more of the same kind.
The sites you are fed have all been added by members.
I use the term 'fed' because that's just what they do, they feed you websites one after the other, as many as you like.
I enjoyed using this site and spent many hours browsing what they fed through the system. However, when I started to add my own choice of websites, things changed. You can do this by clicking on the thumbs up icon in your tool bar. The sites you add to the system are then added under your name.
I was enjoying using the system and I have made a lot of friends who share my interests and we exchange websites and comments. It was a lot of fun.
Then, out of the blue I got an email sailing that my account was suspended because I have been spamming the site. Huh?
I may be a bit of a website addict but I'm not a spammer. I asked for an explanation as I was quite upset and was sent a whole lot of jargon that was cut and pasted from their terms and conditions. I didn't understand this and further investigation showed that they were accusing me of being paid to post content from certain websites simply because I visited them a lot and liked the articles there. Each time a new article was posted I added it to my Stumbleupon blog so that my friends could enjoy it too.
I have written a whole string of emails to these people and they will not listen to any explanation. The whole accusation is total rubbish and they just quote chunks from their T&C. It seems that someone complained about me but that doesn't sound like justification for suspending my account.
So, Stumbleupon is no more! Not for me, anyway.
I was totally disgusted at the way the accusations were made and no one would listen to reason.
If you use Stumbleupon be careful or you too could be banned just for liking a particular website too much. I have to add that I only posted the pages when there was new stuff to be read. I didn't add the same thing over and over again.
This is a great network and its a lot of fun but watch out for this as it is quite upsetting if this happens to you.
Every so often you happen upon something that changes the way you do things. Firefox spings to mind, as does flashget and facebook. When these things grab you to seem to get stuck with them and they slowly become so embedded in your daily routines that you can't imagine being without them. Stumbleupon is another prime example of a good idea that everyone needs to have, even though they didn't realise it.
In the bad old days, I would surf the web in a direction-less and often frustrating manner, hitting all sorts of dross before you came upon something i was actually interested in. Not any more. The web is now a more structred thing for me - no more duff hits. I only see what's good about it - for me anyway.
Stumble has a number of components. It has its social networking side, which is an aside to its main theme. This is nowhere as developed as myspace or facebook but if you like chatting to uses about what you like then you can. It has its message boards and profile pages etc etc etc. You can comment on the things you've seen and read the comments of others. Usual sort of stuff but it is not unique in this area, or especially good.
Its true worth is in its own brand of variable bookmarking. You register and log your interests - this is how it knows what to show you. But it doesn't just show you any old website about the stuff your interested in, only the stuff that other subscribers have found to be good. You see, when you see something you like you can rate it good or bad - nice and simple. No pop-ups saying thanks for voting or anything like that. You just click the thumbs-up on the toolbar. if you're the first to 'review' the site it'll ask you to make a comment if you want. That way, stumble sorts the good from the grotty.
So how do you see the good stuff? If you have firefox or IE you can install stumble as a toolbar in the browser. Hitting the stumble button takes you to a page that has been shown to be good about one of the topics your interested in. Rate it yourself if you like it. Give it a thumbs down if you don't. Or just read it. This is not an app that hassles you.
Personally, I prefer to narrow my stumbling down to one topic. i'm on a bit of an atheism kick at the moment so, using the little drop-down menu on the toolbar, I can narrow my stumbling down to just the atheist sites that have been rated. This is where my one grumble is - it won't show me sites that I've already stumbled uopn which really bugs me, it just shows the ones added since I last stumbled them. i'm sure there is a setting to turn this off but I can't find it - if anyone knows send me a mail.
I've had no downtime from there servers. It always works and always delivers some goody or another.
There are lots of other features on the toolbar for the social networkers. You can see the choices of other stumblers and add them to your favourites, make entries onto forums on this or that etc etc. I'm not interested though. I'm too busy stumbling through life. And I'm downright antisocial.
If you haven't got it, get it. I promise no regrets.
It's here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/
Originally posted in Ciao by myself - dhillcrest
Published by Mozilla, StumbleUpon, aka SU, is a free addon which lets you browse, review and share a huge range of sites, while meeting new people. This extension works by adding a toolbar to your browser, allowing you to "channel-surf" the web. It's rather like sticking your hand in a big chocolate assortment and seeing what you pull out. (No Forrest Gump jokes please!) The difference is that, if you've set up your profile correctly, almost everything you grab will be appealing to you.
Since its launch in 2002, practically 1 million people have joined SU. This is impressive, particularly considering that, up until 2 months ago, the project was entirely self funded and run by its 3 founding members. They describe SU as an "intelligent browsing tool for sharing and discovering great websites."
SU can be used in conjunction with several browsers (exceptions being Safari and Opera). It can be downloaded from the official homepage http://www.stumbleupon.com, or you can find more info and previews at the Firefox extension site .https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/138/previews/. The extension is updated frequently.
After you install SU, the toolbar asks you to choose a username and password, and to create a profile. The idea is that you select topics that interest you out of the 500 listed on the site. You then use the stumble button to visit related random websites, and review them, thereby linking to other ''stumblers'' with common interests.
You use tags to organize sites you like, allowing other stumblers to easily discover useful sites you've found. When reviewing, you can click on click "Add Tags or Review" to select from a list of your most popular tags. (You can choose to avoid, or hide, adult content.) Stumblers can rate and review each others' blogs: you can either agree or disagree with their ratings and post your own comments; or you can simply move on to the next site/topic.
You always log in through the toolbar and, if you want to, you can keep 'online' status even when your computer is off. For security reasons, you'll probably want to sign out if you share a computer or use a public one, but for home users who can't be bothered with continually signing in, the system is easy and convenient with quick access.
Main StumbleUpon Features
All stumblers are given a 'homepage' - here, you list your likes, dislikes, and topics. You, and other stumblers, can click on each topic you list here to see a list of related stumbles. Your reviews are separate from this information, but are directly linked to your homepage.
Aside from the ranking tools, StumbleUpon's features include a an individual ''Network''. This is list of people who have recently viewed your profile, as well as people with similar interests. SU suggests groups, and topics that you might enjoy, based on your stumbling habits. "Forum" is self explanatory - most topics have a forum, as does each group. You can use the "Add a comment to this page" link to make additional comments about a site. The convenient ''send to a friend" option provides you with an address book for one-click site recommendations to all of your friends.
The more you contribute, the higher your page's popularity; this is measured through the 'Audience rating. The scale is as follows:
Level 1 = 1-24
Level 2 = 25-50
Level 3 = 50-99
Level 4 = 100 - 199
Level 5 = 200+
According to the Official StumbleUpon FAQ, only the Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox toolbar has keyboard shortcuts at the moment; these will be added to the IE toolbar later. The keys are:
Function = Windows / Mac or Linux
Stumble! = Alt-F1 / Alt-ESCAPE
Rate the page "I like it!" = Alt-F2 / Alt-F1
Rate the page "Not-for-me" = Alt-F3 / Alt-F2
View Site Review Page = Alt-F5 / Alt-F3
Toggle toolbar visibility = Alt-F11 / Alt-F11
StumbleUpon delivers targeted advertising: a very small proportion of 'stumbles' are sponsored pages matching your topics of interest. In my experience, this rarely happens; the Unofficial StumbleUpon FAQ states that sponsored stumbles account for less than 2% of the total sites in the database. The toolbar provides a useful pop-up blocker which can reduce the advertisements to a minimal level.
What's good about it?
Choice and variety are the best aspects of StumbleUpon. The range of links, blogs, and reviews is enormous. You can decorate your reviews with images in 2 simple ways: a context menu method and a manual method, both of which are explained onsite. You can control presentation using HTML.
StumbleUpon now has its own search engine. When you search, you get StumbleUpon information on results, including the site's topic, the quality of the site denoted by stars, and the number of reviews. Results are personalized to your interests, so different people will see different results for the same search terms. StumbleUpon ''learns'' personal content preferences to deliver increasingly relevant results. Submitting interesting, high-quality sites improves your rank as a top stumbler, bringing your recommended sites to the forefront of the database.
StumbleUpon is community based without being claustrophobic, as you can interact with others as much or as little as you choose to.
Your page can be used as a normal blog: you are not obliged to rate any websites if you don't want to or aren't interested in them. It's worth remembering, though, that the growth of StumbleUpon's database relies on input from its users. For those who are more keen to participate, there are also hundreds of special interest groups here where you can 'meet' likeminded people, and establish your own clan if you wish.
StumbleUpon attempts to protect its users from spam: page recommendations are based on correlation and user clustering, rather than average ratings. This makes it tough for people rating their own sites as 'I like it!' to spam the database. You can hide any comment or review of your page by other stumblers, by using the 'ignore' feature against the user who posted the comment.
The StumbleUpon developers request and act upon feedback. Beginning a new thread, or adding to an existing one, in the Features forum or the Bugs forum is the best way to report any bugs or problems.
Upgrading - is it worth it?
Although the site is free for all to use, you can gain extra access by paying £11, or $20, per year .
The benefits of upgrading include the unlimited stumbling within favorites of your friends, and the option to create new interest groups. Paid accounts also have the ability to turn off advertising. - but, as ads do not appear often anyway, this doesn't make much difference to your ''browsing experience''.
Stumble Buzz is only available to 'sponsors': this page displays comments attached to the newest and most popular stumbles for your chosen interests.
*****Unless you want an exceptionally high level of involvement within the site's community development, upgrading isn't particularly useful: you can find links and contacts almost as easily by registering for free.*******
What's not so good about it?
The reasons I have NOT given StumbleUpon 5 stars are:
1) It is currently having appalling server issues. It was running ridiculously slow yesterday and now has stopped working completely. This is rare, but is a nuisance.
2 Miscategorisation is rife within the site. All websites are classed as part of a certain topic. Other stumblers frequently change the topic classification of websites you have both reviewed. Your own categorisation then becomes obsolete, and the only way of monitoring this is to trawl through your own tag list and recategorise as needed. This is enough to drive a sane person completely loopy, particularly when so many people seem to mess this up for no reason whatsoever.
3) The program has occasional bugs, although these are usually solved quickly.
4) Within the themed stumble groups, you cannot organise sites - they appear as haphazard links. A more advanced tag system within groups is needed.
5) The official site states that "Multiple StumbleUpon accounts held by the same individual are subject to termination unless expressly authorized by StumbleUpon." This kinda sucks if you want to have seperate SU blogs, eg one for pics and one for reviews.
One important point: SU is not really suitable for specific or targeted 'spot-on' searching - it If you search for "art history" using the SUGooglesearch, you'll simply get search results of every site that contains the words "art history." You will also, however, get the best sites available for those topics (determined by stumbler ratings).
I recommend this educational, innovative toolbar: It is the most informative browsing extension I have seen so far. It is useful for people of all ages and is a lot of fun!
In terms of Spyware: I have not encountered any Spyware myself within StumbleUpon, nor have I been told of any such problems by other regular members.
NOTE accompanying updated review: Here's the address for my original review: http://www.reviewcentre.com/review169930.html and the latest version mirrored here: http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/internet-sites/stumbleupon-com/1027537/