Saturday, July 7, 2007

Trying out StumbleUpon

What it is: You sign up on their website, install a little browser plugin, and then trawl the internet. Rate sites up or down. If it's a site that's new to the system, you get to add a review in addition to this rating to help give people a better clue. If you get bored, Click 'Stumble' and rate whatever it is you just came across.

Why you care: 'cause it's another one of those "Web 2.0" gadgets and it's a good way to get attention for your work if other comics-minded people are checking you out.

My Attempts: Well, I'm not a fan of most 'Random Toolbar Gadgets', but I could see where this is useful. As a bonus, if you care about aesthetics, hitting Ctrl + F11 toggles the bar so you can shove it aside when you want.

There's not many comics in the system so far, so adding yours to the pot can't hurt you; as stated above, it takes a lot of people to affect a rating one way or the other, but once it's in the pot, it gets a pretty steady diet of hits.

After a few experimental clicks on Stumble ("Ooo! Jackson Pollack-style flash toy! Must Play!") It becomes clear the name of the game is to make a turing test out of the internet: You take a certain site, weigh the positive clicks against the negative, and come up with an individual profile for each user.

I've already added Last Resort into the system. Here's hoping it comes out all right.

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At August 16, 2007 at 5:02 AM , Blogger Andy Roberts said...

I've had a couple of my own articles reviewed on stumbleupon and what I found was there there were immediately 250+ unique visits the next day, then it tails right down again. Whether the stumblers stay long enough to read or just click "stumble, stumble stumble" I wasn't able to tell from the basic stats I was using.

At February 5, 2008 at 6:51 AM , Blogger Jigsaw Forte said...

And this is what Google Analytics is for!

There are so many free analytics programs out there that there's no reason not to have a system in place.


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