There's a very interesting website out there called StumbleUpon, which is kind of like a search engine (like Google) but it works in a completely different and innovative way. So think about this - most of us go to Google (or another search engine) because we are looking for something, right? We know what we want, we type it in and we (hopefully) get the answer. But what about when you're bored and you aren't really looking for anything in particular, but you want something interesting? The key word here is interesting.
We all have our own interests, so what may be interesting to me might not be at all interesting to you. That's what StumbleUpon is all about. You register your own interests (by choosing a few from a list of categories and then later you can refine this by adding more or removing some etc.) StumbleUpon then gives you a big Stumble Button to click which starts to present you with random pages from the internet that are related to your interests. But that's not all!
With each page that appears, you can rate it with a thumbs up or a thumbs down. It depends on whether you liked the content or not. The thing is, this is like a community effort. The more people that "thumbs up" a page, the more likely it is that StumbleUpon will display that page to others with the same interest. It's like a rating system for pages, which is then used to try and present others with pages that were most liked by previous viewers. It's a very clever system and the more you rate the pages, the more of the good pages you get to see. It's actually quite addictive and you wouldn't believe some of the stuff you'll find, which you would probably never find if you hadn't used StumbleUpon, simply because you weren't looking for it!
To take it one step further and make it even easier for you to "stumble" whenever you feel like it, there is now a StumbleUpon app available in the App Store for free. It allows you to log in and very quickly start (or continue) stumbling your favourite interests. I have to say, I love it! Give it a go today and drop me a comment to let me know what you think.