trip-signsStumble upon might be the best website ever created… if you have time to kill.  it can be an even bigger time theif than facebook or playing internet games. although it can be a huge waste of time, if used correctly, it can be very useful as well.  its not great for research, but you can learn alot of things from it. 

StumbleUpon is a website that creates a collection of otherwebsites that you may like. you tell it your preferences or what you are interested in, and it will provide you with a list of websites that have to do with that topic.  some of the categories are technology, sports, news, business, health, etc…  you can select one or multiple topics and it will keep you up to date on new stuff.  it will also just give you a list of new popular sites, or popular links on sites such as a youtube video.  Its a great site for exploring and killing time and if you use it correctly you can find some interesting information.

the problem wish stumble upon is that its not really a site you go to with a purpose of finding some specific information, hence it is a huge time thief.  I visited the site for the first time the other day and before i knew it i had wasted an hour of may day and hadn’t paid attention for an entire class.  there was alot of funny stuff, interesting information about new technology, recipies, etc…  but since i didnt really have a plan and just went to explore the site without a purpose, i accomplished nothing really except maybe learning a few new interesting facts and getting a good laugh.

I like StumbleUpon much better than facebook and other social networking sites becasue i feel as though StumbleUpon is much more harmless.  your not snooping around other peoples lives and it cant get you in trouble like facebook can.   of course you can find trouble anywhere if you look for it, but i think that StumbleUpon is much more harmless in itself.  great site for internet exploring but user-beware and keep an eye on the time!

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