I'm not actually all that into the social bookmarking thing--the tiny little Luddite/pencil person in me resists techy overhead.
[By "pencil person," I mean I like to choose the least complicated way of doing something, even if it might not be as slick or cool. During the space race, as the story goes, the US spent millions developing a pen that would write in space. It's very cool; I got one as a gift when I was working at Great Plains Software. However, it cost millions and it took a long time. What did the Soviet Union do? Yep--they just used pencils.]
However, I've been getting a ton of views lately directly from the Stumbleupon.com site so I decided it bore some more investigating. (Thanks y'all, by the way. ;> ) I had gone before but didn't see an easy way to go to content and just skipped it.
Here's the Stumbleupon main page statement.
"StumbleUpon uses / ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages which friends and like–minded stumblers have liked."
So I bumbled around, figured out how to do it (not quickly). It's a little different, you have to actually install a browser plugin (anything from Mozilla, aka Netscape and Firefox). You also have to create an ID but you just have to (I believe) click the link to create an ID and it creates one for you, bang.
To install the toolbar, don't download the file and try to install it; just click on the link at this URL.
You can search in the search field, or you can just click the far-left "Stumble!" button to be sent to any site you like. Click the button and you'll get a window where you can choose categories. After that clicking Stumble will just take you from one very interesting and/or useful site to another.
I chose Science/Tech as the category and was taken to the OpenOffice.org site, a few others, and then to GnuCash. It says "Designed to be easy to use,
yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts,
stocks, income and expenses."
I hadn't seen, or remembered seeing, such a practical open source product like this, so I thought it was worth noting here.
Anyway, back to Stumbleupon. However you get to a site, you can click the Reviews of This Page icon and see what other Stumblers thought of it.
And of course you can click the Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down site to vote on it.
I haven't used all the icons on the toolbar, but I was impressed with what StumbleUpon showed me. If you're into this kind of thing, give it a try; if you're not, then try it anyway the next time you're on hold, or between hands playing online poker. It's not the easiest interface to find your way around in (their web site), but the results are useful.