Humans are all different; we have our own unique opinions, interests, hobbies, talents, and even fetishes.
There are certain areas and topics I am very interested in, however, as my wide genre selection on my itunes will tell you, I also like variety.
This is why I found the website, StumbleUpon, to be so interesting. The site allows users to choose from categories such as art, mythology, cooking, photography and self-improvement, to highlight and then continue to “stumble” on a variety of websites that satisfy these categories.
If you don’t like what you have “stumbled” across, or have seen it long enough, the viewer can simply press “stumble” at the top of the page to be brought to a whole new website, completely at random, having nothing to do with the previously visited site. Even the option to “like” and “dislike,” are made accessible to the user to some-what narrow down the possibilities.
One of the best parts of “stumbling” is being introduced to many websites with photos, games, videos, quotes and stories, the viewer might otherwise not be exposed to. Sometimes, I like to select all the options, or none of them, to see what the website randomly selects for me.
StumbleUpon has been applauded by many sources for its ability to retrieve information that would be valuable to that particular user. I think that it can be used for both, discovering areas of interest, as well as discovering new and unfamiliar subjects.
Too often do we routinely visit the same websites, and never experience new topics and opinions. It is important to try new things. StumbleUpon has given me the experience to learn new things, and learn a thing or two.
It may be necessary narrow down the vast amount of information that is available to us on the internet, but, StumbleUpon can be a refreshing and new experience, where you might learn about something you had never thought about, or an interest your computer does not know you have.