StumbleUpon adds RSS and Internet Explorer support

By Justin Mann on July 18, 2006, 11:13 AM
One of the most powerful features of FireFox has always been its extension support, which has driven the enthusiast community to mod the browser to their will. This has seen a plethora of nifty utilities for web browsing released. Companies have even taken this to new levels, creating extensions that both offer a useful service and have a trade-off of supporting advertising. StumbleUpon is such an extension, which is an automated system of “relevance searching”. StumbleUpon has been met with such success that it is no surprise they have recently announced they will be expanding to other browsers. In a press release issued today, StumbleUpon announced they will be add RSS support as well as supporting Internet Explorer:

Once the StumbleUpon extension is installed, Internet Explorer users can begin to
discover cool, interesting, and entertaining websites with just one click. Each
click on the "Stumble" button delivers top-rated websites, news articles, photos,
videos, or Wikipedia pages to the user's browser. Users can then rate each site
with a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" and share comments on that content. With each
rating, StumbleUpon learns individual users' personal preferences and delivers
increasingly relevant content.

Some have thrown a bit of flak at StumbleUpon, calling them akin to companies like Zango. Considering the very different nature of these two pieces of software and the greater level of user support and user interaction with StumbleUpon, that's really not a fair assessment. If you enjoy site ratings (such as things you see with Netcraft for security ratings), it's a very nifty little tool. With IE support, they are definitely reaching out to a wider audience. Interesting stuff. You can read the full press release in the comments section.




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StumbleUpon, Inc. Announces New Internet Explorer Extension; IE Users Can Now "Stumble" to Discover Internet's Best WebsitesCompany surpasses one million subscribers and adds RSS support, expects millionsmore with Internet Explorer release SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2006 ) StumbleUpon, Inc. today announced that InternetExplorer users can now join over a million Firefox users who "stumble" to discoverthe most interesting and informative websites on the Internet. The release of theStumbleUpon extension for Internet Explorer is expected to create exponential growthin the web discovery service's membership. "Over one million members of the Mozilla Firefox community are already stumbling todiscover great websites," said Garrett Camp, chief architect of StumbleUpon, Inc."With the release of the Internet Explorer extension, millions more can startdiscovering interesting sites they never knew existed." Once the StumbleUpon extension is installed, Internet Explorer users can begin todiscover cool, interesting, and entertaining websites with just one click. Eachclick on the "Stumble" button delivers top-rated websites, news articles, photos,videos, or Wikipedia pages to the user's browser. Users can then rate each sitewith a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" and share comments on that content. With eachrating, StumbleUpon learns individual users' personal preferences and deliversincreasingly relevant content. StumbleUpon also announced that it now provides extensive RSS support. RSS feeds nowenable users to track other users' favorite sites, reviews of any site on theInternet, and finally, new website submissions from the StumbleUpon Community. "RSSand LiveBookmark support now allows people to track reviews of their website and'buzz' on StumbleUpon", said Camp. "If a stumbler reviews your webpage or recommendsa particularly interesting or relevant site, you can now be instantly alerted via acustomized RSS feed." Stumbling: A Complement to SearchThe perfect adjunct to search, StumbleUpon enables the discovery of web pages thathave been viewed and recommended by community members with similar interests. Toprated websites within selected areas of interest are randomly shown to stumblers(people who click on the "stumble" button). "Where you land is almost always asurprise," said Camp. As such, Camp added that stumbling is extremely addictive,with members stumbling nearly 25 stumbles per day"Here's a small sampling of some of the great sites people have "stumbled upon":- www.seatguru.com- www.panoramas.dk- www.unknowncountry.com- www.pandora.com- www.notesfromtheroad.com- www.cookingforengineers.com- www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com "StumbleUpon complements search engines by giving people an easy way to discoverwebsites they might not otherwise find with a search engine -- much less know tolook for. It adds a bit of serendipity to your day." said Camp. About StumbleUpon, Inc. Headquartered in San Francisco, StumbleUpon is a web discovery service that allowspeople to discover great websites recommended by people with similar interests. Withone click, users are taken to interesting websites they wouldn't have thought tosearch for. To begin stumbling, go to www.stumbleupon.com to download the Firefoxor Internet Explorer toolbar extensions.
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