StumbleUpon: The Silent Social Media Success Story

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#New Media#Social Web#web How the ReadWriteWeb Community Uses StumbleUponWe queried our community via Twitter to find out their main use cases. Here’s a representative sample of the replies (you can see them all via Twitoaster):@brettmorrison: “I use it to share things I find interesting and I use it to find randomly interesting things when I have a few free moments.”@EssenteeWeb: “So’s I can share what I think is cool and find content I otherwise wouldn’t have.”@andinarvaez: “I do, on occasion. Whenever I’m online, want to stay online, but just feel like browsing. […] Even though they’re [within] my interests, stumble upon helps me burst my usual browsing patterns & online bubble.”Follow ReadWriteWeb on StumbleUpon.You can also find us on Twitter and [email protected]: “boredom… killing time a couple minutes at a time… entertainment. Sadly, almost thrilling not knowing what’s coming next”@MicaR: “Been a Stumbler for yrs. Great to get new ideas flowing when stuck, and, of course, great time waster. I’ve learned a lot, randomly.”@ezy80: “I find its a good source of ‘random relevant’ that nothing else provides in quite the same way…”@lauratellsjokes: “i stumble when i am bored and to learn new things. i love stumbling through photos, art and philosophy.”@estateofflux: “I do, great for entertainment and uncovering hidden gems of content when you’ve exhausted all your usual sources!”These and other replies often used words like “random” or “new.” Also it seems that people tend to use StumbleUpon when they have a bit of spare time, or are bored. Let us know in the comments whether you currently use StumbleUpon; and if so, how and why? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification richard macmanus Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… When you think of social media, two products immediately come to mind: Facebook and Twitter. If you’re in the technical world, you’d probably also mention Digg and Slashdot. A product that is rarely talked about among social media products, but has a surprisingly large footprint on the Web, is StumbleUpon. It now has 10.6 million users and regularly pushes big traffic to online publishers.According to a new analysis by Web analytics company Woopra, StumbleUpon drives nearly twice as much traffic than Digg. StatCounter uncovered a similar trend recently, with StumbleUpon second only to Facebook among social media traffic drivers.Source: WoopraHow it Works“Explore the web like never before,” declares the StumbleUpon sign up page. And indeed the beauty of StumbleUpon is how easy it makes browsing the Web. It’s often called a ‘serendipity engine’ for its ability to turn up strange and new content.Here’s how StumbleUpon works as a user. You firstly download and install a browser add-on, then select categories that interest you. Now you’re ready to explore. Simply click the Stumble button in your browser to be magically transported to an unknown web page. Where you’re taken is driven by StumbleUpon’s sophisticated recommendation engine, which is fueled by data from its users – who vote on whether they ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ web pages across the Web.What’s Popular on StumbleUpon?It’s simple for the users, yet surprisingly difficult for the media industry to get its collective head around. Its randomness and lack of an easily identifiable core audience are two things that make StumbleUpon hard to understand. So what kind of content is popular there?Much like Digg, another crowd-sourced recommendation engine, the most popular content on StumbleUpon tends to be easily digestable and entertaining. Lists, bizarre things, scientific discoveries, animals, humor, images, and so on. Among the most stumbled content of 2009 were these articles: ’99 Things You Should Have Seen On The Internet’ (471K Stumbles), ‘Life Summarized in 4 Bottles’ (439K Stumbles), ’14 Rare Color Photos From the FSA-OWI’ (341K Stumbles),… you get the idea.last_img read more

Melissa Carlick speaks out about being fired from MMIWG inquiry

first_imgShirley McLean APTN NewsIn early November Melissa Carlick wrote a letter to the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls asking if her termination as community liaison worker could be rescinded and that she has the opportunity to resign.She told APTN News that as of today, she hasn’t received a response.Carlick said she her termination came without warning.“Really boom you’re done because you either push back or you don’t agree with what’s going on,“ she said.Carlick spent six months with the commission as a front line and health worker and said there is a big disconnect between the commissioners and the front-line workers.“They don’t hear you they don’t listen to you it’s just about what makes me look good and if you don’t then you’re out and if you push back you’re gone,” she said.Carlick said the commission fired her during the hearings in Edmonton on Nov. 7.She said they told her she was unprepared.Sources have told APTN Carlick was fired after members of the National Family Advisory Circle complained in a conference call and letters to the commissioners and senior staff that families complained of mistreatment by the inquiry.Carlick said she was the lead on the Edmonton hearings and arrived six weeks before and started to organize families, look for a venue, do health intakes, and find spiritual support for the hearings.She said the task was too big of a job to plan in just six weeks for a person who’s not from Alberta.And she said the working conditions were tough“We were working 24-7,” she said. “Sometimes just all day all the time it was just a lot of planning a lot time, a lot of pressure and no support, no debrief.”Carlick along with two other front-line workers have been let go from the inquiry in the last month and legal counsel Karen Snowshoe also handed in her resignation.That brings the number of inquiry employees who have resigned or fired to 19 in this year alone.Sue Caribou, a member of the family advisory circle also resigned Thursday.last_img read more

TCI World Hope to the rescue for Salt Cay in aftermath of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 11, 2017 – Salt Cay -The Turks and Caicos Islands are so very blessed!  Did you know that an organisation called World Hope has been in Salt Cay for the past seven weeks making fresh, tasty drinking water for the people?For 10 hours a day, a team of volunteers from US based #WorldHope are running a solar powered, portable Reverse Osmosis system which they brought; it is set up at the same site of the Govt RO plant.   World Hope is not only turning sea water into fresh water but they are serving Salt Cay people as they show up for the free drinking water.I’m still deeply moved my interview of 23 year Cleveland Ohio man – Zachery Tan.   Zach called it an opportunity and counts it an honour to be there for Salt Cay.   Zachery, a carpenter by trade and a World Hope volunteer, has been on Salt Cay for three weeks now.   Amazing right?!My conclusion: Salt Cay is NOT forgotten.#MagneticMediaNews#SaltCaynotforgotten Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SaltCaynotforgottenlast_img read more

Administration Blocks Study on Risk of Water Contaminants

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Some North Dakota GOP lawmakers abstain from Hindu prayer

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