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 3,686,922 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 which friends and like-minded ‘stumblers’ have recommended. This helps you discover great content you probably wouldn’t find using a search engine.
I’ve been using StumbleUpon for almost 4 years now and it is an amazing tool to websurf the internet. It is a great tool which has really helped me discover a lot of interesting pages on the internet, which I wouldn’t find in search engines too.
For all those, oblivious to the existence of such a tool or for those who were thinking it a cumbersome task to install it, I thought I’d share some thoughts on how easy it is to actually install and use it.
<< Getting to the work >>
Step 1: StumbleUpon supports two well known and most-used browsers – Mozilla Firefox (FF) and the Windows Internet Explorer (IE – Yes, it is now called as Windows Internet Explorer , not any more as Microsoft Internet Explorer)
Step 2: Downloading the BHO (Browser Help Object – IE) or the Extension (FF) is easy. Click on “Download Now – Free” on the mainpage of the stumbleupon website (http://www.stumbleupon.com) and you’ll be taken to the page to download it based upon the browser you are using.
Step 3: Installing – Follow the steps required for your browser and you may also need to restart your browser.
Step 4: After the restart, you’ll see a new toolbar that says: “Start Stumbling..”. If you have an account click on Login and enter your credentials or else you will have to create an account at StumbleUpon. Just follow the steps (might take you 2-3 minutes) and you are good to go.
Keep clicking on the Stumble! button and you’ll see a random page from all the topics of interest you chose. If you like a page click on “I like it” to increase the quality of your future stumbles.