So I’ve finally done it. I went and signed up with Stumble Upon. I had been resisting for some time, but after Cordelia submitted this blog to Stumble and I had seen someone else do it as well I decided that I would finally take the plunge and see what it was all about.
Basically, Stumble Upon is a service that lets you see content throughout the web. But not just any content, high rated content.
Basically, they have you install a toolbar and then ask you what categories you are interested in. You simply press the stumble button and they’ll show you some content from the web. Then, you can press the thumbs up button, the thumbs down button or stumble again. You can also choose different segments to stumble from (as seen in this illustration from the site).
From what I understand, here’s how an article gets stumbled:
Someone submits an Article
First, someone submits an article to the site. This can be anything from a blog’s front page to a single image to a video file. They assign an appropriate description to the item and away it goes.
Your Friends Stumble Upon It
This is key. You see, there are two modes to stumble upon– one is the one I mentioned above– that one you only see high rated content. The other is the friend section– where you can see things your friends submitted and can rate it. So, simply put, if you have a lot of friends that stumble upon your sites, then you can get your sites seen by the community at large (depending on how good your content is!).
Your Content is Good– You’re Seen By Lots of People
This is the scenario you want to be in. Your blog or page of your blog is submitted, it’s highly rated, and you get traffic like you wouldn’t believe.
Stumbling Takes You Where You May Never Have Gone
One of the great things about Stumble Upon is the fact that you get not only high rated content, but you also get to see things that you may not have found otherwise– resources, tools, and content that’s both amazing and interesting.
Oh, and one more thing. The Stumble Upon plugin also has the feature of putting ratings in your Google search. So, when you search for something, you get the Stumble Upon ratings for the results and you can look at the results with a 5 star rating system.
If you join, let me know, and we can become friends!