StumbleUpon.com is a nifty social networking tool that is based on sharing websites that you like. It is like Twitter, but not. Like Delicious, but not. Okay, I’ll admit it. I haven’t completely grasped StumbleUpon.
When I don’t get something, I Google it – and sure enough, lots of tips and tutorials exist on how to use StumbleUpon.
The more I read, the more I realize that SU is the Roget’s Thesaurus answer to the Google-esque search engine.
Here’s the comparison.
With Google, you have an idea of what you want to look up and you type it in. Google does its thing and spits back the best results based on some interesting and super secret method (probably developed by the Illuminati, aliens or both).
With Google, you know what you want and you type it in to find it.
With a dictionary, you know the word (and somewhat how to spell it) and you look it up. The dictionary gives you what you want (the definition of the word).
With a dictionary, you know what you want and you look it up to find it.
With SU, you haven’t any idea what you want to look up. You know what you like and you’ve informed SU of those likes. You click the “Stumble!” button and away you go. SU does its thing and spits back some fun, curious pages that may or may not be what you want to read.
With SU, you haven’t a clue what you want to read, you only know what you generally feel like reading.
With a thesaurus, you feel the concept but don’t know what words or phrases to articulate it. You look up the feeling and get a whole bunch of possibilities.
With a thesaurus, you haven’t a clue what word you want, you only know what feeling you have.
Google = you know what you want.
Dictionary = you know what you want.
StumbleUpon = you don’t know what you want.
Thesaurus = you don’t know what you want.
Now what the heck is Bing?