Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Stumble your way online

Photo: I stumbled upon this outdoor photo exhibit last October in Brussels (2005)

I'm not much of a techi or computer savvy person so maybe I'm a little late in discovering Firefox's Stumble software. First of all, I hope you're using Firefox or something other than MS Explorer. Okay, now we can move on.

StumbleUpon is freeware similar to Google and Yahoo, that lets you search the internet for uberesque websites, forums and so on. Instead of giving you the most trafficked webpages, it let's you stumble upon sites recommended by other stumble users. Are you following this? As a user you get to rate webpages as thumbs up and thumbs down instead of having some binary code feeding you pages that 'match' your search topic. Its big claim is that its democracy for the internet, as if the internet weren't already user driven. It does have a point though- now instead of just closing shitty pages, you get to tell everyone just how much they suck.

Want to give it a try?

Stumble is a free extension (something you can add on to your existing internet software) for people with Firefox, Mozilla or Sea Monkey. You can download it here.

You never know what you're going to find!

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