Some of you, who had joined the Beta group to experience the new version of StumbleUpon, might have noticed the old verison, or V2, when visiting the site today.
Around 8:00 pm last night, November 19, 2008, StumbleUpon made an announcement in their Beta Group discussions area that they have rolled the majority of their users back to V2 “to prepare for upcoming changes that will add new features and optimize many existing ones.”
Newer users may still be able to see the new version with the addition of these four additional changes released last night:
1. Improved SU homepage – The new StumbleUpon front page does not change that much, but if you’re logged in, it focuses more on popular content by showing recommended sites based on your selected interests. It also removes that half page image that tried to show you what StumbleUpon might be about and used the entire page for content. (Its about time)
Also you will notice that they have taken a page out of Reddit‘s book by adding a box in the upper right hand corner where you can adjust your interests.
A stumble button has been added in the upper right corner of the site that will launch the web based stumble bar.
If anyone played with web stumble when it first came out, it did not actually save the stumbles. It would save them to the bar and then you would have to click to save the favorites to your account.
Now, if you are logged in, the web stumble bar will save your stumbles without additional action.
2. Improved URL Review page – There is not a massive difference on the Review pages, but you will notice two solid changes.
First, they added clickable tags under the featured comment, allowing the further exploration of sites sharing similar tags.
Second, they moved the site recommendations down below all the comments, instead of having it below the featured comment.
3. Improved Tag page – I cannot really see where they made much of change here, but we will take their word on the fact that it is improved. I was never really a big tag page person anyhow.
4. Improved web stumbling with Mass Share – This is also mentioned to be visible, but I was unable to see any aspect of a mass share feature while using the web stumble option.
The over all changes look really good. They are all geared at making sure the users have an easier time finding content they would be interested in and allows people to use the site without installing a toolbar.
Users who cannot see this current version will notice a toggle option in a few days to either use their current version or the newer one.
Mass sharing it’s available on the web toolbar
@Sandossu Where? I am looking and clicking every section of the web toolbar right now and cannot see it.
If you can get a screen shot and send it to me.
brent (at) brentcsutoras.com
Where the hell is mass share I ve been looking for this for ages!
While i agree that having mass share capability at SU would be useful and save a LOT of time, it may also bring something unpleasant and very Digg-like: a never-ending flood of shouts.
that will be great
Hey, change is good right?
I hope they improve the web stumble bar functionality…it’s a great thing to have (so I have stumble on my Safari) but was not as reliable as the downloadable version.
that will be great..
This looks to be a value add from SU. It’s time for a few changes from this social network. I look forward to seeing these changes soon!
Can’t wait to see these babies roll out.
Not sure if I am hearing it wrong or not, but it is still not supporting Mozilla Firefox version 3.1. I understand that the web browser is still in beta development stage, but it’s already considered widely used by a lot of people!
I would have to agree with WordsnCollision. As it is, I have so many sites that are sent to me. I gladly Stumble them (if I agree with the page – which is the majority of the time). However, if a mass alert option were available and SU became another InDiggnation than it would put a strain on many of the users.
It’s a pain having to send an alert out to each friend indiviually, however, that’s what keeps it from becoming too overwhelming because most people aren’t willing to take the time to do so the way SU is currently set.
Does anyone know, will we have a choice to upgrade or will this be a sweeping change?
I’m OutsideMyBrain on SU and Twitter!
Can’t wait to see these babies roll out.
I use SU on a daily basis, great that there is a new version coming out soon.
that will be great.. +1 😉