I’ve explored social bookmarking site StumbleUpon the past month and am nearly addicted. At times, I’ve found it difficult preventing my mouse from hovering over the alluring green and blue button and not clicking. So what is StumbleUpon? There are a few key features that help define what the networking site is all about.
- A place to discover and rate pages, video, pictures, media, and news. Users are presented with this material when they click the “Stumble” button on their internet browser toolbar. Once users stumble a site, they can either give it a thumbs up, thumbs down, or leave it as is. In addition, users can write reviews on pages they view. StumbleUpon determines the type of user you are when you sign up and check mark items that may be of interest to you (e.g. graphic design, photography.)
- A place to network and make new friends. StumbleUpon encourages networking and making new friends with other users with similar interests. Users can send each other sites that may be of interest to each other, as well as rate new pages that aren’t yet in the StumbleUpon server.
- A place to store sites of interest. Think of this as somewhat similar to sites like Del.icio.us in that users have a record of sites that they found useful appealing.
To use this service, users signup for an account and must download the StumbleUpon toolbar. This toolbar is the gateway to all that is Stumble.
If you are new to StumbleUpon like myself, there are many good resources available to better navigate the site. Check out the Beginners Guide to StumbleUpon for an in-depth look at how to Stumble.