This isn’t the first time I’ve had cause to call special attention to the strangeness of StumbleUpon. Sadly, things seem to be getting worse, rather than better.
In fairness, the penultimate update did introduce a much better layout for the profiles pages, among other things, and StumbleUpon is still a good social bookmarking service.
Perhaps you’re new to StumbleUpon? If so, here’s 5 StumbleUpon power points, to get you going. However, for those who’ve been using StumbleUpon for the last couple of years, here’s my list of irritations:
- The title tag has been a notable absentee since the update.
- The names of people in my “Recent visitors” list on the right-hand side get truncated.
- I no longer see a summary of my profile by default. I now have to click on “Your Favorites” to get to that — where even my own username gets truncated!
- When I submit, or Stumble, a web page or a blog article, the pop-up window goes blank and doesn’t go anywhere. I have to close it down manually, whereas before, it would vanish after submission.
- There’s still no fix for the the weird characters you see when Stumbling things; apostrophes and dashes are still being garbled.
- Previously, we could see the number of “Recent visitors” from the little counter in the top right, but now that doesn’t work when you visit your profile page. So you have to make a best guess, based on your recollection of the recent visiting members that you saw from your last visit.
- Why do we have “Friend Requests”?
- And why are “Friend Requests” hidden in the “Inbox”? Where I don’t often look, and as a place, doesn’t make anywhere near as much sense as placing “Friend Requests” under the “Friends” tab.
- Sometimes, when someone adds me as a friend and I reciprocate, rather than being mutual friends, I’m told that my friend request is pending. Why? When all I’m doing is returning the friend request.
- Why do we now have the option to subscribe their “Favorites”? I just don’t see why you’d want to do that, but not add them as a friend.
If you think these are minor issues, then you’re right. I won’t contest that for one moment. But it’s the accumulation of all these minor quirks and oddities that make this latest minor update to StumbleUpon such a big let down…