Almost everyone that uses the Internet wanders across the web just ‘stumbling’ upon different websites, pictures, music, and videos. StumbleUpon was created to do exactly that; ‘stumbling’ through endless pages and finding what each user is interested in.
StumbleUpon was created in 2001 by Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith, Justin LaFrance and Eric Boyd. It was bought by eBay in 2007, but later bought back by Garret Camp and several other investors in 2009. According to the web definition, StumbleUpon is “an Internet community that allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos. It is a personalized recommendation engine which uses peer and social-networking principles.” (Stumbleupon,)
Anyone is able to sign up and use StumbleUpon, free of charge. The website’s layout is user-friendly and the signup process takes almost no time. While signing up the user can tailor future results to suit his/her interest. By choosing from 144 topics of interest, the “stumbling” process will produce results that better cater to the user’s interests. Once the account is created, everything is only one click away. After logging into the website, all the user has to do is click on the “stumble” icon which simply stumbles across different webpages, pictures, and videos that reflect the interests that the user chooses while signing up. While stumbling across different pages the user has the option to view comments from different users, or to save a page to his/her favorites by clicking the “like” icon. This makes the page easier to go back to later.
StumbleUpon is compatible with Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer, giving the user access to the StumbleUpon toolbar. The toolbar allows users to immediately begin ‘stumbling’ without having to directly access the website.
Aside from just stumbling across the web, StumbleUpon allows users to share different links with each other as well as send each other personal messages, just like social networking sites.
Unfortunately, everything has its downside. StumbleUpon is a little slow due to the peer-to-peer sharing service, and it does not enable instant messaging. Other than that, StumbleUpon is a brilliant concept that caters to everyone from those with too much time on their hands to those who don’t have time to browse the web manually.
- Stumbleupon. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://social.wakoopa.com/software/stumbleupon
- Stumbleupon. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.stumbleupon.com/home
StumbleUpon is a great and creative website that enables people to surf across interesting pages on the web all for free! If a user really likes it, he/she has the choice to download a toolbar which is compatible with Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The toolbar allows the user to directly begin ‘stumbling’ without having to directly access the website. Moreover, StumbleUpon allows users to share different links with each other as well as comment on different pages.
In my opinion I see nothing wrong with the website! However, if the user lives in a country which has really bad internet like me, then the user might encounter some problems with loading pages. This is due to the peer-to-peer sharing service. Another possible downside to some might be the fact that there’s no instant messaging, but I don’t believe that that is any problem!