As of October 23, the reimagined stumbleupon.com is now out of Beta and available to all users. Since the social discovery engine released a Beta version in September 2012, over 100,000 users opted in. Much like eBay’s recent redesign, the new StumbleUpon turns to a clean, visual layout.
The new homepage features a selection of pages based on your interests. Stumbles are presented as boxed out images, much like you see in a Pinterest feed.
StumbleUpon has always had a strong social component, but after December 2011’s redesign, there were complaints that it was hard to access friend activity through the menu. The Activity tab is now a main menu option, putting more emphasis on user interaction.
And for the most Pinterest-like update of all, StumbleUpon introduces Lists, which let users collect stumbles according to category. In the example below, the Panda Party List features a selection of panda-themed stumbles, all contained within one List (or Board, in Pinterest language).
The updated user profile houses likes, lists, interests and another new component known as Stumble DNA, which is a visual representation of the pages you’ve liked. Below, my Stumble DNA gives a color-coded look at the pages I’m interested in.
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