App Review Series: StumbleUpon!

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App Review Series: This series is written by members of Social Fabric to educate other members about new apps, how to use them, and their opinions about the apps. These are not sponsored posts, but written by members who volunteered to do a review.

Stumble into an Epic Surfing Experience with the StumbleUpon App

Internet surfing is taken to a whole new level with StumbleUpon. Find new-to-you websites and blogs related to topics you’re interested in quickly and easily. The StumbleUpon app for iPad is user-friendly, and you’ll never run out of interesting sites to check out.

How to get started with the StumbleUpon app:

1. Install the StumbleUpon app from the iTunes store.

2. Sign up for a new account. You can use your Facebook or Google account or sign up using your email address.

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3. Start adding interests to you account. These interest topics will serve as jumping off points for your stumbling fun. You can surf all of your interests or choose a particular one to stumble within, so don’t worry about adding too many. I happen to be interested in a lot of different topics, so I have loaded up my interest list with 86 interests.

stumbleYou will get a small pop-up preview of the site before it is loaded. You can choose to wait a second to view the website or stumble to the next one, if it doesn’t look like something you’d enjoy.

4. Start stumbling! When you like the website you’ve stumbled, hit the “thumbs up” so that you’ll be able to stumble more sites like it. Additionally, you can easily go back to your “likes” later to view them again.

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5. Share what you like. If you StumbleUpon something you enjoy, share it on twitter, Facebook, or with another stumbler; add it to a list you’ve created.

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One thing that I love about StumbleUpon is Lists. Lists are collections of sites based around particular themes or interests. Users create these lists (and you can create your own, too), which can be followed by others.

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You can take a look at my profile above. I have been using StumbleUpon for a few years now, though I just recently tried out the iPad app. It is also available for iPhone and iPod Touch from the iTunes store.

When would you want to use the StumbleUpon app?

I use the StumbleUpon app on my iPad when I am waiting for an appointment, having a coffee or a meal by myself, and while watching a TV show or movie. If you’re looking for more information on a particular topic or interest, StumbleUpon allows you to surf smartly.

Pros:

  • I love knowing that I will never run out of interesting sites to look at using the StumbleUpon app.
  • Very user-friendly
  • Easy to share on social media

Cons:

  • I find it easy to get lost in this app, because there are so many options for things to do. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—it just means that this app is really addictive!

I would recommend the StumbleUpon app for anyone with a passive or active interest in what’s online. I’ll be using this app to surf smartly while waiting at doctor’s offices, grabbing a coffee and other occasions.

BeingTazimTazim Damji is a content creator and virtual assistant from Vancouver, Canada. She blogs at BeingTazim.com. Content on Being Tazim ranges from smart tips for decorating and organizing a home, to smart ways to use and enjoy technology, and also incorporates local travel ideas.

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Posted on July 10, 2013 in Technology

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Mailena Urso, Director of Marketing and Communications, lives in Fayetteville, AR. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism focusing on Ad/PR. She has over 5 years MarComm experience beginning in the nonprofit industry and eventually finding her way to CB. She played clarinet for 10 years, loves to travel, spend time outdoors and cook. She also loves being a doggy mommy! :)

Responses (2)

  1. silver price
    July 15, 2013 at 12:14 am · Reply

    When you’re in the mood to kick back with your iPad and do some Web surfing, do you ever get the feeling that there may be sites out there you should know about, but don’t? If so, you’re probably correct. With millions of sites on the worldwide web, finding the best ones for your interests is no easy task. Sure, there’s Google and Bing, but sometimes you want site suggestions without having to come up with search terms. StumbleUpon, founded in 2001, helps eliminate that challenge by letting desktop users find cool links and tailoring the content based on subject matter and level of interest. The discovery service now comes to iOS as a free iPad app that lets users of Apple’s slate find, ban, like, and share pages, video, and photo. Well-designed, stable, and boasting an intuitive interface that surpasses the desktop version, StumbleUpon for iPad takes the chore out of finding fresh Web content—even more so than bookmarking sites like Digg and Reddit. It’s easily one of the best iPad apps to hit the App Store this year. Service and Social Networking SetupStumbleUpon isn’t a new service, but the iPad app is the definitive version of the service. The iPad’s 9.7-inch touchscreen display (which is roughly the size of a book, newspaper, or magazine) is an excellent venue to explore the Web with StumbleUpon’s app, as it lets you kick back on a sofa or relax in a bed while reading—no monitors, mice, laptops, or desktops necessary. After leaping from site to site on the iPad—initiating each leap by bring a finger to the “Stumble!” icon—I found the desktop version clunky when I returned to my PC. StumbleUpon on the iPad is a terrific experience.

  2. Jo Guerra
    July 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm · Reply

    1) Go to your profile screen and tap the “Interests” button on the left sidebar of the profile screen, this will show a list of Interests you are following. Tap “Edit interests.” This will open a panel where you can manage your existing Interests. 2) Tap “Add More Interests” to see a list of categories, you can tap a category to see the Interests it contains. 3) Add Interests by tapping on the Interests you want to add (a check mark will confirm you’ve selected an Interest). 4) Tap “Done” to save your Interest changes.

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