Stumbled Upon

Not a new social network but new to my portfolio of them. I just stumbled upon the site while doing some of my regular blog trawling and decided it’s worth getting on track.

So I signed up, and took the visual personality test.  The results are uncanny – I couldn’t believe how on the ball they were! Check it out!

I’m a striver

You’re a Striver. You’re down-to-earth and positive and know how to get things done! Keeping all those plates spinning is one of your specialities. You have tons of infectious energy and lots of natural enthusiasm. You tend to be committed when it comes to achieving your goals in life. You set high standards for yourself and others and like to keep your eye on the prize. Resourcefulness is definitely one of your finest strengths. When you get excited about something, you have the confidence and passion to inspire all those around you. Feeling playful? It certainly seems so! Your natural energy and optimism have put you in a good place right now. You can’t help but look on the bright side.

A healthy relationship really is the bedrock of a happy home, but it also takes a lot of energy and commitment to maintain. Make sure that with all the other distractions, your love life doesn’t end up at the bottom of the list. Life’s all about options. Allow yourself to be excited by possibility and potential.

Try not to push to know the answer all the time. There will be lots of twists and turns in life. Rather than wishing away the journey, try to live in the moment and enjoy every bump in the road! Challenge yourself to try new experiences and live life to the fullest. Remember that you can’t be upbeat and outgoing 100 percent of the time.

It’s okay to tune out and look inward every now and again. In fact, we encourage it! You really appreciate the grounding force that a loving relationship can be in your life.

For an extroverted people person like you, it’s important to be able to retreat from the world from time to time and know that you can switch off and relax with your one true love.

Stumbling got you stumped?

What started in 2002 has grown into a major competitor in the social media space.

According to data from StatCounter StumbleUpon now accounts for more than 50% of all referral traffic from the top social media sites and the dominant source of traffic among the world’s top social media sites.

In August 2011 StumbleUpon accounted for 50.27% of all referral traffic from the top 10 social sites. Facebook was second with a 38.9% market share, while Reddit, YouTube and Twitter in unison totaled less than 4%.

So what is it exactly?

A combination of: a web browser plug-in, online social network, online social bookmarking network and online social search engine.

In simpler terms, StumbleUpon is a web based discovery service that allows people to discover great websites recommended by others with similar interests.

One click allows users can ‘stumble upon’ content which is matched to their personal preferences. The platform has grown and changed significantly since its launch however the goal remained simple: To help people discover interesting or informative web content that they wouldn’t have thought to search for.

Stumbling around in circles?

Anyone who has used the internet has wanted to throttle their search engine at one point or another, Finding what you’re looking for can often be a lot more tricky than just ‘googling it. A great example – a nine year old with a love for horses might type in ‘Black Beauty’ but the results that come up are far from a PG rating.

The beauty of StumbleUpon is that the results that come up from your search are not only relevant, but directly linked content that corresponds with you interests, lifestyle and personality traits. No X-rated content should pop up, unless that was what you were searching for in the first place.

But it gets better. You don’t need to keep returning to the same search page; StumbleUpon helps filter web content into a manageable, customized experience where the more you like something, the better StumbleUpon gets at linking you to content that matches.

Start Stumbling with purpose

To get Stumbling you first need to download the browser toolbar. Once you’ve got that whipped, go through the visual personalization process – as I said above – it’s scary how accurate some of it is!

When that’s done your pretty much set. To begin stumbling search for people you know who are already stumblers (StumbleUpon users), or visit your favorite web pages to give them the thumbs up and add them to your favorites section. You can even start by searching through other stumblers’ pages and seeing what they’ve stumbled that catches your fancy.

If you’re still a bit lost, this explanation of some common StubbledUpon terms, courtesy of howstuffworks, might shed some light:

Stumble: Newly installed in your toolbar you’ll now see a button that says Stumble! If you click that button, you’re taken to a random, totally new Web site. However, that Web site isn’t as random as you might think. Being directed to this new site is the result of a combination of several inputs entered into an algorithm.

Your interests and positively rated pages are factors, as well as other information like what your friends and similarly interested users have viewed and rated positively. Those elements and more all help determine what you’ll see while you’re stumbling.
Stumblers: StumbleUpon reported nearly 5.5 million users as of June 2008. (Keep in mind, this is the number of people who have registered, not necessarily the number of active users.) And these stumblers have been achieving an impressive amount of stumbling — about 5 billion stumbles in all

Thumbs-up and Thumbs-down: As you are stumbling or enjoying conventional Web browsing, you can use special buttons in your SU toolbar to rate different Web sites you come across: either a thumbs-up (meaning you liked the site) or a thumbs-down (meaning you didn’t).


For a full low down on how to get stumbling check out the article on howstuffworks,

It’s aimless to go around stumbling all the time though, so hopefully one way or another you end up where you wanted to be.

And just remember, as Confucius said “Wherever you go, there you are”

Go forth and stumble.


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