Tuesday, July 27, 2010

StumbleUpon

Recently, Warren posted about Reddit, a site he utilizes for internet browsing. Well, I used to go on Reddit and Digg (a very similar website), but now I’ve moved on to something even more mesmerizing—StumbleUpon.

StumbleUpon is a personalized recommendation engine that tailors your internet browsing experience to your specific interests.

When setting up your Stumble account, there are pages of hundreds and hundreds of categories that you can say you are interested in. You really get to know yourself during a process like this—you may even be surprised by your own strangeness. You start off by checking the boxes next to sports, technology, literature, and photography, but before long, you find yourself throwing in categories like ninjas, computer hacking, Wicca, karaoke, and exotic pets.

After completing this revealing selection process, you are free to explore. A randomly (well, randomly according to your interests) generated site will load. You look at until it loses your attention, at which point you ‘stumble’ to the next page.

For me, the element of surprise is very appealing. You never know what you’re going to get. Not every site is a winner, but most of the time they at least catch your eye. And in the event that you think a certain page is totally lame, you can push the ‘dislike’ button, and Stumble won’t direct you to any similar pages.

So, are you looking for some good music, interesting news, fun games, or cute baby animal pictures? Do you need inspiration for work, or a break from it? I encourage you--log on to StumbleUpon and enjoy the enchanting world of your own customized internet wonderland.

Advice from Ariel
Always be aware of where you are and where you have been. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time looking for your car in mall parking lots.

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