I have been a user of StumbleUpon for some time now and I must say its a revolutionary service. For anyone reading this from under a rock and doesn’t know what StumbleUpon is, I’ll tell you. It is a free service that allows you to either thumbs up or thumbs down websites based on your interests. All you do is install the StumbleUpon bar on your browser or install the app on your iPad and press the Stumble button (it may help to create an account on their website).
StumbleUpon is growing rapidly in popularity of the social media websites on the internet, Twitter generates nearly 10 percent of social media global hits to websites, according to new research from StatCounter. The report found that Facebook is still the main source of traffic to global websites with almost half (48%) of social media hits followed by StumbleUpon with 25 percent. (Source: OneNewsPage.com)
I have been using StumbleUpon on my iPad for a while now, and I must say I do enjoy relaxing on the couch and stumbling on my iPad. Stumbling on the iPad seems like a whole new way to browse the internet, it is very easy and seamless. I do recommend downloading the iPad app for anyone that loves StumbleUpon and has an iPad, you will not regret it.
The only feature that the iPad version lacks is the favorites button, which is included on the browser version. The button allows you to view everything that you have marked as favorite with StumbleUpon, it would be a very nice feature on the iPad. Another feature I have emailed StumbleUpon to include in their next release is a possibility to see a list of sites that you have voted thumbs up. Because I would like to be able to re-visit those sites on the iPad, possibly some other kind of bookmark system like in a standard web browser. For now I will enjoy my experience with StumbleUpon on the iPad, get yours free from the iTunes app store.
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StumbleUpon Official Description:
StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click Stumble!, we deliver high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages have been explicitly recommended by your friends or one of 8 million+ other websurfers with interests similar to you. Rating these sites you like automatically shares them with like-minded people – and helps you discover great sites your friends recommend.
How Does it Work?
StumbleUpon uses ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages that friends and like-minded stumblers have recommended. This helps you discover great content you probably wouldn’t find using a search engine