my new obsession

I dis­cov­ered this tool­bar exten­sion for Mozil­la (called Stum­ble­Upon) that pro­vides a unique way to surf the web. When mak­ing your pro­file, you tell it what sub­jects you are inter­est­ed in, and, via the “Stum­ble” tool on the tool­bar, you can jump to pages rel­e­vant to that sub­ject. Then, if you like the site, you click the “like it!” (or “not for me” if you hate it) but­ton, and it can then learn what kinds of sites you like or don’t like, and can make more accu­rate sug­ges­tions for future “stum­bles”.

It sug­gests the sites that it doees based on oth­er users, who sug­gest sites via their “like it” but­tons. You can post com­ments about the stum­bled-upon sites as well, as well as read what oth­er users had to say about it. You can join user groups, make friends with oth­er users…you even have an rss feed on your site picks and com­ments. It’s quite neat, and I find myself spend­ing way too much time look­ing for keen new sites. Here’s my stumbly profile.

9 thoughts on “my new obsession”

  1. Sound nifty, Tina…I’ve been using Mozil­la a lot late­ly, so I may have to look into this. Nice pro­file pic­ture, by the way! Very cute.

  2. And…I think I might have been a bit mis­lead­ing. I thought it was just a tool­bar for Mozil­la, but I came to found out it’s also avail­able for IE, Netscape, and Safari (and maybe a few others).

  3. I like that idea, but I’m going to wait and see if any­one rais­es any spy­ware/ad-ware issues with it first …

  4. They do address that ques­tion in their FAQ (if you trust what they have to say):

    No. Stum­ble­upon does not auto­mat­i­cal­ly col­lect any per­son­al or sys­tem infor­ma­tion from your com­put­er. Stum­ble­upon records infor­ma­tion you explic­i­ty pro­vide such as your rat­ings of web­sites. This is nec­es­sary to share the sites with oth­er com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and improve your future stum­bles. Asso­ci­at­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion with your userid, such as a name, nick­name, or web­page is entire­ly vol­un­tary and not required to use the Stum­ble­Upon tool­bar. For more infor­ma­tion, see our pri­va­cy policy.

  5. Huh, I just ran a search and appar­ent­ly Scary-Cray­on has a stumbly pro­file. I remem­ber com­ing across the user’s page a while back in the link refer­rals, but I had no idea what Stum­ble­Upon was then… Now I do!

  6. Huh, I just ran a search and appar­ent­ly Scary-Cray­on has a Stumple­Upon pro­file. I came across the user’s page a while back in the refer­ral logs but had no idea what Stum­ble­Upon was…and now I do! Rah.

  7. Whoa, for­give the dou­ble (now triple) posts…apparently the brows­er refresh is not being kind to me tonight. Some­thing’s real­ly wonky over here. 🙁

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