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StumbleUpon: The New Google? 
 
by David Hansen October 10, 2005

Okay, I'm Stumbling, Now What?

So you've clicked “Stumble!” several times, got hooked, and you're wondering how it can get any better. Let's take a look at features contained in the other buttons:
  • All” – Clicking this button brings up a menu that shows all of the categories you've previously selected. Maybe you've selected robotics and rock music as categories, but today you only feel like browsing robotics sites. Use this menu to select exactly which category you want to browse now.
  • I like it!” and “Not-for-me” – Use these buttons to rate sites you visit.
  • Page Reviews” – No more browsing in the dark, this button let's you see what other Stumblers have to say about the site you're visiting. This is also where you can add your own review about a website. You may even want to visit your own website and see what Stumblers have said about it.
  • Send this Page to” – Notify your friends about a page you enjoyed.
  • My Reviews” – Displays your website reviews starting with the most recent
  • Friends and Fans” – Brings you to a page where you can see and add Stumbling friends. You can also see people who have added you. Clicking the “Network” tab let's you see people who have viewed your list of favorite websites, and a list of similar Stumblers.
  • Menu” – This is where you find the real guts of StumbleUpon. From this menu you can login or logout, view stumbling history, top stumblers, toolbar options, or change your password. Of particular interest is the “Suggested Topics” button which displays topics suggested to you by StumbleUpon based on sites that you've rated. This is a good way to expand your stomping grounds.

StumbleUpon includes an adult content filter that is enabled by default, so it should be safe for kids and those who would prefer not to see every corner of the web. You need to be careful though, because there is some gray area with artistic nudity slipping through the content filter. If this is of concern to you, just make sure to leave art sites out of your selected categories. This filter is accessible by clicking "Menu" and "Update Topics." A browser window will come up with a button in the bottom left corner named "Adjust Content Filter."

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