I stumbled upon StumbleUpon (http://www.stumbleupon.com/) last summer and promptly forgot all about it. I just heard a rumor about Google looking into buying it, which makes me think we’ll hear more about it in the future.
What is StumbleUpon?
It’s a toolbar for your web browser that helps you find interesting web sites based on your profile. They build your profile first by asking you to select from a list categories that would interest you. Next you can approve or disapprove of the sites you visit, which helps them recognize what you like and also helps to promote or demote web sites accordingly. You can also email web sites to friends and review web sites through StumbleUpon.
You can join a StumbleUpon group to meet others with similar interests. You can share your favorite sites or join an online discussion. People can see when you’re online.
If I had time to surf for stuff I think I’d really like StumbleUpon. Unfortunately it can eat up a lot of time, which is not what I need these days. I do like to review client web sites through I haven’t yet noticed that it helps bring in traffic.
On an unrelated note for folks who might be buying flowers in the Twin Cities this weekend (May 18-21), if you mention NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children http://www.nacac.org) at Linder’s flower marts, they will receive 15% of the pre-tax total. I have a good friend and Byte reader who works at NACAC so offered to pass that on to folks.