While you’re busy twittering… I’m over here stumbling.

By ASHLEY SMITH

The first time that I clicked on the “stumble” button, I doomed myself to hours of aimless web-surfing and internet-crawling. If you’re a college-student and you haven’t heard of StumbleUpon or don’t currently use it, it may be worth looking into. (You can download the toolbar for Firefox here.) Just one click and you are on your way!

The toolbar is conveniently minimalistic and fits easily into your browser.

The toolbar is conveniently minimalistic and fits easily into your browser.

StumbleUpon is taking over the internet world as bloggers scramble to get exposure through sites like StumbleUpon and Digg.

So, how exactly are these sites changing the dynamics of web-surfing?

Here’s how it works:

  1. StumbleUpon members download the toolbar and adjust the channel so the sites that they Stumble will be related to their own specified interests. (They may change these settings at any time. There is a picture below.)

    Users may select a channel to narrow their results.

    Users may select a channel to narrow their results.

  2. Members then only need to click on the StumbleUpon logo in their toolbar to begin wandering about the web.
  3. Users can add websites that they think are cool to the StumbleUpon pool just by clicking the thumbs-up symbol in their toolbar. (If the site has been stumbled before, the site recognizes your likes and gives you similar sites. If the site has not been stumbled before, the user is credited with “a discovery” and asked to write a review about the page and give it tags just like you would with a blog entry. (Picture below.)

    Discovery Example

    Discovery Example

What exactly does one label a network of 8,375,267 members all stumbling and discovering web pages? How long will it take before the StumbleUpon web-surfing mentality permeates the world of web-news? In fact, some of these lines may have already been blurred by those who use the news channel in their toolbar…

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One response to “While you’re busy twittering… I’m over here stumbling.

  1. Great post! Love the idea. Wish you had fleshed it out a little more, though. Good topic for class discussion — if we ever have enough time!!

    Indeed, is this the future of online readership?

    Content: 3.5 (Loved it, but wanted more…)
    Links: 3 Good. Might like to have seen if any one else is talking or twittering about this subject, though. That would show me you had thought it through AND done research.
    Grammar: 3

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