Say good-bye to your productivity. StumbleUpon, the popular social media network that lets you channel-surf the Internet, has finally released a mobile app for both the iPhone and Android platforms. As a huge fan of the desktop toolbar, I felt right at home in this mobile iteration.
You can either sign in to an existing account or register for a new one. While registering for a new account, you need to choose some topics that you are interested in--anything from action movies to Weblogs.
Once you have created your account and are signed in, you see a list of the topics you chose, as well as several media categories (photos, YouTube videos, Flickr feeds, and news) that are best suited for stumbling on the go. At the top of the page is a large button with the StumbleUpon logo and 'Start Stumbling'. Once you press that, you are on your way to Internet goodness.
If you're not familiar with StumbleUpon, the service works by recommending a Web page to you related to your topics of interest. If you were interested in video games, for instance, the in-app browser might take you to GamePro, PlayStation.com, or any other game-related site. Once there, you can give the Website a thumbs-up if you like it or a thumbs-down if you don't. StumbleUpon takes into account what you like and don't like, and subsequently tailors itself to serve up Web pages closer to your tastes. For example, my "stumbles" (as they are called) now bring up a lot of lolcats and memes.
While stumbling through Web pages, you can read what other people have said about the site and how many views it has received, as well as share it with people in your contacts list. Unfortunately, this app seems not to allow adding your own review to the mix.
Another limitation of the mobile app is that you can't use it to submit a new Website to the StumbleUpon network. I also noticed that the in-app browser was slower than the stock Android 2.2 one.
If you love discovering new Websites and finding cool stuff online before your friends do, download this app. As long as you have a network connection and some time to kill, the Internet is yours to explore.
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