StumbleUpon, founded in 2001 by software engineers, Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith and Justin LaFrance, and later purchased by Ebay, Inc. in 2007, has become the raze in Social Media sites with over two million registered users.
StumbleUpon was the first of its kind, allowing a user to select specific keyword tags and then be randomly directed to web sites meeting that criteria from a simple click of the toolbar. With the added functionality of social bookmarking, users are given the ability to tag and submit their favorite sites, allowing you to keep them available for later reference and share them with friends.
Here is a short listing of some of the StumbleUpon tools and resources to help get you started stumbling.
- StumbleCrumble - A WordPress plugin that will display sites you have recently stumbled in the sidebar, header, footer or anywhere else you choose, on your own blog.
- StumbleThis Button - Easily allows visitors to promote your site on StumbleUpon with the click of a button.
- stumbleXchange - Although some may consider the technique unethical, this service allows you to promote your site by exchanging stumbles with other users.
- StumbleVideo Button - Place this button on your site and share your favorite videos with other Stumble Upon users.
- Making a Power Stumble Account - A huge list of tips and tricks to becoming a power Stumble Upon user.
- Ultimate StumbleUpon Resource - A listing of many articles written about StumbleUpon covering a variety of topics including, monetization, performance, tactics and more by Mike Bogo.