Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stumbling through the Internet is dead :(

O how I envy people that have never used StumbleUpon, the same people I felt sorry for for over a decade. They are not going to miss discovering a seemingly endless stream of new content on the Internet that fits their interests, finding gems they will otherwise never stumble upon themselves. They will continue to be fed by links from sites they frequent, "top ten" lists compiled by someone else and whatever lands in their Twitter/Facebook feed. For over a decade I've been stumbling upon tens of thousands of interesting articles, videos and other content that I wouldn't otherwise find even if I knew I wanted it. Now that this service is shutting down, the way I spend time in cyberspace will abruptly and drastically change. It's a fact of life that things change and sometimes good things die for no good reason, but this is the first time I will truly miss an Internet service. What bothers me the most is that SU is not surpassed by competition or rendered obsolete by an advancement in technology. As far as I know, it was one of a kind. It's hard to explain to those that never used StumbleUpon, but let's say I'll have to drastically re-think the way I surf the Internet.

As eloquently said in this article that I (oh the irony!) just stumbled upon by clicking on the SU button like many times before:

Its death isn’t just saying goodbye to what feels like a bygone era of internet exploration, but bidding a final farewell to a time when curation didn’t dominate our online day-to-day.