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StumbleUpon Gets Facelift. Beta Upgrade Unveiled to Wider Group.

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Tonight while logged in to StumbleUpon to go through messages, I noticed an invitation to try out the new beta version of the StumbleUpon interface. Previously the beta interface was visible to members of the SU Beta Users’ Group. This wider release is likely to be scrutinized given StumbleUpon’s propensity to drive voluminous traffic and eBay’s recent purchase of SU for 100 million US dollars.

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The new interface features a cool new tab system for navigating your account.beta41.jpg
…and offers the ability to see your own profile through the eyes of others.

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We’ll look forward to getting to know the upgraded interface better. SU is widely respected and beloved by community members. There has been a lot of apprehension amongst authority Stumblers, in light of eBay’s recent purchase of SU, and it will be fascinating to gauge the response to any changes. Recently adWords were spotted on SU pages.

SU Beta Group Message
There has been an ongoing beta group in SU “For people interested in beta testing new features.” Here is the message posted in the beta group:

“NOTICE: Joining this group will make you automatically start seeing features that are undergoing development and may be unstable. If you wish to leave beta testing, please resign this group. Disclaimer: The releases available here are experimental. Please report bugs and strange behavior.”

Since I am not a member of the beta user’s group than tonight’s deployment of invitations signals that the beta interface is being tested amongst the general SU user population. Stay tuned…

Interesting SU Blog Links:
Why StumbleUpon Sends More Traffic Than Dig

How to increase StumbleUpon traffic?

SEOmoz | StumbleUpon’s Fantastic Ability to Drive Traffic

StumbleUpon’s Fantastic Ability to Drive Traffic

A Comprehensive Guide to StumbleUpon

Is Stumbleupon traffic worth getting?

10 ways how to get traffic from StumbleUpon

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4 Comments

  1. Matt Keegan on July 27, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for the head’s up, Marty. I just happen to be stumbling my friends this morning and this page came up amongst the stumbles — how’s that for timing? Anyway, I will break free from my stumbling shortly to check out the interface.

    I like that we users can now see how we appear to other stumblers too.

  2. Marty Weintraub on July 27, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks Matt,
    I’m trying to figure out where the “Contact” button is to send Stumble messages to users.
    m

  3. Kate on July 27, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    I second the motion for having an easier contact system – can’t figure out a way to find you on StumbleUpon. Please let me know if you figure it out – I’m KHook20.

  4. Mr SEO Tools Himself on July 30, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for the update. I haven’t gone to StumbleUpon because it is so difficult to navigate and find other people. I had to logout from StumbleUpon so I could view popular stumblers, etc.

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