Who actually uses this?
I can’t really diss it, because since I’ve started “suggesting” my blog posts to it, I’ve gotten many more hits.
But I’ve never been on the stumbling end of it.
Do people think this search engine can surf better than they can?
Does it really turn you on to tons of great stuff?
Seems like just another addiction, like Twitter and Facebook, bidding on Ebay, and now Pinterest, which is yet another “you have to be invited, you friendless slob” arrangement, like Google + was (maybe still is?) Are people seriously so desperate for acceptance that they would assume that an invitation to these things is worth pursuing, or that once they get into the club there will be some kind of awesome party going on? Because let me tell you, the novelty of Google + wore off pretty damn fast. Now it’s just an echo chamber.
I admit I’m prejudiced against this StumbleUpon thing because my husband uses it and actually reads some of the blog posts he trips over, (or however you want to describe the magical “chance” encounter between surfer and site). Being a “real” writer (evidently words are only worth reading when their author has been paid), he normally insults bloggers and their output to no end and doesn’t ever read mine unless I happen to insist. Which I’ve done precisely twice, I believe.
So a search engine that inspires my husband to read blog posts that aren’t mine? Ummmmm…. not gonna like it. (It’s even more fun when he recommends blog posts for me to read. “That’s just so special that ums has found an interesting blog post by a total stranger! It’s too bad ums doesn’t know any bloggers more local that are worth reading!”)
Unless it gets me more hits. In which case, I’ll certainly supply it with plenty of fodder!
In fact, I think I will suggest this very post to it.
If you’ve read this thanks to StumbleUpon, be sure to give it a nice pat on the back here in my comments section!
Or if you adore StumbleUpon for some reason, please, enlighten me.