StumbleUpon is a network for sharing social media (websites, networks, videos, blogs, etc.). New users download the stumble button and sign-up to pick topics of interest.
A little background, generating traffic, tag clouds and popular websites.
The matrix that StumbleUpon uses favors new sites so that you don’t see the same site more than once. This can also be really great if you have a new site just starting out and want to generate traffic.
Once you have the stumble toolbar, just go to the site you want to share and click the blue thumbs up “I like it” to submit it. You have to do a quick tag (explained later on) to categorize the link.
Here’s a good comprehensive guide for bloggers who want to increase traffic using S.U. Has anyone been involved in the user network on StumbleUpon? I’ve never dug into it but it looks like it’s growing. I read that it gives your stumbles more weight on the site. I don’t know that for sure.
Here’s the first link I stumbled upon 10/2/08.
StumbleUpon is a little like Digg because users can vote on content but people generally like S.U. more even though it’s a huge time suck. It’s a beautiful feedback loop of user to user love. Since you like the service, users submit more content, bloggers like they stumble upon brings traffic and then get stuck in the time suck too, submit sites, end up distracted stumbling Mythbusters Myths.
Get to stumbling.
When you add new sites to your interests, there’s more for others with the same interests and motivate them to submit too. which feeds traffic. And so on. Also, when you have a popular site on Digg, the traffic is fleeting (thank God for these guys). You make the Digg homepage for a little while or pop-up for a second on user’s screens. Since S.U. is more interactive, the more you give the more you get.
Tag clouds on Stumble and Twitter
Here is the tag cloud for S.U. and for Twitter. Blogs offer them too, but usually one tag takes up the entire page when there’s only one person. A tag is a popular keyword/trendy topic. It’s a way of keeping in touch with what’s happening at the moment.
Right now, there’s not much on Twitter (hence the Nintendo trends) but for the election and other nights, it’s fun to see how people are connected. #Ocsober was a tag that people added to their tweets a little bit ago. It’s a way to talk with each other and meet other followers with similar interests and sense of humor.
The S.U. tag cloud features popular website tags (or categories). You can also subscribe to StumbleUpon Buzz, a version of the Digg homepage with recently popular websites.
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