StumbleUpon: In Praise of the Recommendation Site

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Stumble on!

We thought we’d distance ourselves from our recent spate of poo posts today. How to do so? By embracing our geek credentials, that’s how!

Thusly we’re singing the praises of the almighty StumbleUpon, one of the very best things on the internet.

The WWW is a wonderbar invention, but there’s a hell of a lot of crap out there. Seriously, there’s so much dross on the internet it’s depressing—so how do you filter out the guff?

What’s StumbleUpon?

It’s a discovery and advertising engine that recommends most excellent online content.

How do you use it? You join StumbleUpon, that’s how! What in the name of bejeezus is it? It’s a form of search engine which has been dubbed a “Discovery Engine”, which makes things all the more whimsical, eh?

You register to the site (yeah, another one of those bloody registration forms to fill out), fill in your favourite Interests (books, food, history, space, jam etc.), and then you get stumbling.

This involves clicking the Stumble button (or pressing it, if you download the smartphone app), which sends you off on a fantastical world of discovery.

User submitted pages of interest spring up, which you can Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down, thusly curating your favourite type of stuff as you go along.

It rapidly gets addictive as you stumble upon (note the name of the service!!) fantabulous site after another.

The really great ones you can store in your Likes sections—you may return to them fondly and coo like an idiot at a later date.

As you might be able to guess, Professional Moron’s Mr. Wapojif threw himself at this glorious information overload site like a psychopath would throw his or herself at a stockpile of dangerous marmalade.

After three years on the service he has amassed some 42,645 stumbles! Rather than being embarrassed about this waste of time, Mr. Wapojif is proud.

Proud to have gleaned so much information from the internet, whilst millions of others sit about staring at indecent material or posting baby pictures on Facebook.

At one point he even received an e-mail from the company thanking him for being one of their most prolific Stumblers.

On another occasion, our post about chocolate Pot Noodles went into the stratosphere with page views (well over 1,000).

There be commitment, readers! You can be a part of it now; sign up and get stumbling. Indeed.

Mix

Now, a 2020 addendum here, as StumbleUpon did shut down a few years back in 2018. Unfortunately. And was replaced by Mix.

We did briefly try to give that a go, but didn’t really quite get into it.

However, there are alternatives to StumbleUpon that we’re now considering giving a go. Which should help us slake our stumbling urge forever more.

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