I’ve discovered a new favorite website, StumbleUpon. Try it on a rainy day when you’ve got a few hours – you’ll find it quite addictive.
The concept is simple: sign up (free), download the browser toolbar, and check a few boxes to tell it what you like.
Next, press the newly-installed “Stumble!” button on your web browser and see where it takes you. Like it? Give it a thumbs up and browse around. Not so much? Thumbs down, and stumble onto the next site.
The more stumbling you do, the smarter it gets about what you like. It uses community-based ratings to compare your results with people like you so that it can make quality recommendations. After using it off and on the last few weeks, it knows what I like even better than I do.
Where it gets really interesting are the intersections between your interests. I like design, architecture, and green living. It’s been showing me a lot of eco-friendly concept houses which to me are simply fascinating. Since I also marked that I’m interested in web development, business, and marketing, I’m stumbling on web design trends as well as sites that show the absolute best branding I’ve ever seen, really creative stuff.
I just hit the stumble button and stumbled on this intriguing site: http://www.dontclick.it. The entire site is click-less, to illustrate a different take on website interaction. Simply move your mouse around to make things happen on the site. It’s surprisingly easy.
Maybe that site does nothing for you…you can tell I think it’s pretty darn cool, but then again website usability is a personal passion of mine. That’s OK! Tell StumbleUpon what you like, and you’ll find you’re equally enthusiastic about what you stumble upon on the web.
The coolest thing is I never would have found this on Google because I never would have thought to look for it. But StumbleUpon knew I’d like it a lot. Wonder what you’re missing? Start stumbling today!