let’s take a closer look at the fundamental part of the StumbleUpon experience: the toolbar. To begin, you must register and download the toolbar from StumbleUpon’s home page. Spend some time getting familiar with the toolbar’s capacities. It has a wide range of options and elements that can be customized. This can be done by clicking where it says Tools (or where a set of arrows appears) on the far right-hand side of the toolbar, which will prompt a drop-down menu upon which you can select Toolbar Options.
For instance, you can add a search box that will send your stumbles to your different interests. On the StumbleUpon toolbar, you can also adjust your Stumble! button so you’re searching through a friend’s stumbled pages. To do this, go to the spot on your toolbar that’s labeled Channels and select one that interests you — in this case the Pages from… option. Friends is just one possibility though, you also have choices such as photo, video, various news media and other types of sites.
Whenever you go to a Stumbler’s profile page, you’ll see their avatar and basic biography, plus some statistics about their Stumbling habits, which will let you know whether they’re an active Stumbler.
You’ll also see whether you have a lot in common with this Stumbler based on both of your interests and items that you’ve given the thumbs-up.
Following a Stumbler
Here’s how to follow a Stumbler.
If you decide to follow the user, you’ll have the added option to accept shares to your toolbar, meaning that when they want to share an item with you, it will show up in your toolbar’s inbox.
After you follow someone, if you want them to reciprocate and follow you in return, you have two options. You can send the Stumbler a message, letting them know you followed them and would like them to follow you in return so you can exchange favorites. Or you can also go the extra mile and review the Stumbler and then send them a message, letting them know you followed and reviewed them, and hope they will follow you in return to exchange favorites.
To use StumbleUpon, you need to set up an account. Go to StumbleUpon.com, and click “Join for free” at the top right corner. Once logged in, you have options to set up a profile, link social accounts on Twitter or Facebook, and name your favorite topic areas. Because this is a social network, you may also connect with other users. Follow individuals with whom you have relationships on other networks; follow anyone who stumbles content you like. Over time, as you interact with these StumbleUpon users, you will strengthen your connections.Make the most of StumbleUpon by using it regularly. Click the “Stumble” button to scroll through content other users have bookmarked on the network.o to http://www.stumbleupon.com/addon to add the “StumbleUpon” button to your browser. Then, when you come across blog posts or infographics you like, use the StumbleUpon button to like them on the network. This is also how you begin promoting your own content. Along with the content you share, highlight your own posts and photos, too.
StumbleUpon (SU) was originally founded in 2002 by Geoff Smith, Garrett Camp and Justin LaFrance and is now owned by eBay. Originally based out of Calgary, Alberta, SU’s headquarters has moved to San Francisco.
The key to StumbleUpon is that its users can share interesting Web content. When they find something they like online, they have a Web-based outlet through which they can let others know about the site. Other users can then view that content, through topic-orientated browsing or purposeful searching, and reciprocate the favor by sharing their own interesting finds.
StumbleUpon offers a personalized Web experience. At one time or another, every Internet user experiences difficulties getting the intended match from a query entered in a search engine. Narrowing search results can be a challenge, especially when you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Let’s say you’d like to check out some cool photos taken around the world. Type “cool photos” into a regular search engine and you might get some worthwhile links mixed in with some questionable, unrelated or uninteresting content. Try the same phrase with SU, and not only will you receive hits related to quality photography sites, the photos will crosscheck with your other interests. And you don’t need to keep returning to a search page; you can simply move through the results. A tool like SU helps filter Web content into a manageable, customized experience. And the more you indicate what you like, the better StumbleUpon gets at offering content you’ll appreciate.