StumbleUpon Releases New Topics: Facebook and More

Ode to StumbleUpon, photo by xyzzy

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What a year it has been for StumbleUpon.

First, having it break away from eBay (who’s been on a divestiture streak as it is, also recently spinning off Skype) and be repurchased by the original founders seems to be paying off.  Since then, we’ve seen:

  • A new UI (in beta for a while and rolled out fully as of yesterday)
  • Su.pr,  a url shortner that also allows you to schedule posts as well as excellent analytics

The latest SU innovation is the addition of new topics.  While this may not sound like much, it actually makes all the difference.  Let me explain.

Let’s say you were at your local library and you wanted to find books about cooking.  But wait … there is no cooking section! So, you have to go to a more generalized/unrelated section of the library (dining out? hobbies? food?) to find what you’re looking for.

And that’s exactly what has plagued Stumbleupon for so long.

Granted, part of the issue is that users aren’t typically librarians and really don’t know how to categorize things for the betterment of others.  Now, we as SU users have more options:

  • Arts/History: Design, Photoshop, Quotes, Woodworking
  • Commerce: Home Business, Luxury
  • Computers: Facebook
  • Hobbies: Crochet, Quilting, Scrapbooking
  • Sci/Tech: Gadgets, Technology
  • Society: Christmas

As far as social media goes, the noteworthy update in there is that you now can have an interest called Facebook.

Keep up the good work, StumbleUpon!  We appreciate it.

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