• StumbleUpon Video Finds TED And Hulu Content And Takes Surfing Social

    “People like stumbling videos more than webpages,” StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp tells us in explaining why the service has decided to revamp their video offering, which they’re doing tonight. While you’ve been able to stumble through videos for a couple of years now, they’re finally making the experience more social. And they’re adding two big names to… Read More

  • Is StumbleUpon For Twitter, a project started at our TechCrunch Hackathon during Disrupt, is a like a Stumbleupon for Twitter, allowing you to “stumble across” links shared in your Twitter timeline, your Twitter favorites and your Twitter lists. Created by UCSC student Suchit Agarwal and Blippy engineer┬áRahul Thathoo, what’s awesome about is the same thing that drives Stumbleupon… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Brings Its Serendipitous Discovery To The iPhone And Android

    On a desktop computer, StumbleUpon makes sense. You’re on the prowl for cool stuff, click a button and find it. But there is a ton of competition these days among services that let you do this — and increasingly people are relying on Twitter and Facebook for this. But mobile is a different beast. A tailored, contained experience for the small screen is welcomed. That’s… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Poaches A Pair Of Googlers To Fill Director Roles

    Discovery engine startup StumbleUpon today announced it has hired two new directors to expand its sales and partnership teams, both previous Google employees. Anthony Napolitano, a former key member of the sales teams for several of Google’s products, including TV Ads, Analytics, Checkout and AdWords, will be joining the company as Director of Sales. Oliver Hsiang, until recently manager… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Quietly Signs Up 10 Millionth User

    StumbleUpon Quietly Signs Up 10 Millionth User

    Without making a lot of noise about it, StumbleUpon yesterday surpassed 10 million registered users. The milestone was reached upon registration of a user that goes by the name Nellzom, a 20-year old from Colombia. So how do we know he’s mr. diez milliones? Read More

  • StatCounter: Facebook, StumbleUpon Generate More Traffic Than Twitter

    According to StatCounter’s GlobalStats research arm, Twitter now generates almost 10% of social media driven global hits to websites, while Facebook still reigns supreme as the primary source of traffic to global websites with almost half (48%) of ‘Social Media hits’. Surprisingly, the number two social media traffic generator is not Twitter, but StumbleUpon with almost a… Read More

  • Google Reader Makes A More Visual Play

    Google launched a new service today in from its Labs called Google Reader Play. It is a more visual way to browse through the most popular items being saved and shared on Google Reader. When you launch it, you are presented with a large photo, video, or text excerpt on the main part of the screen, and can flip through by clicking on arrows or selecting an item from the filmstrip at the bottom… Read More

  • The New Twones: Delicious Meets StumbleUpon For Online Music

    Twones started life as a FriendFeed-type service that aggregated various music services into a single stream, which we dubbed a social music feed when we first caught wind of it. Problem was, the startup says, since users generally couldn’t play the music on their site and were constantly being directed to third-party websites and apps for streaming, people never really got that… Read More

  • The Startup Visa And Why The Xenophobes Need To Go Back Into Their Caves

    Every time I publish a research paper on immigration or write an article for BusinessWeek or TechCrunch, the xenophobes rush out of their caves to launch mindless attacks. They fill the comment sections with bile, send me nasty emails and sometimes threaten to do me harm. I was convinced that my last BusinessWeek column on the Startup visa presented such a compelling argument that even these… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Recasts Itself As A Social Search Engine "Between Google And Twitter."

    Ever since StumbleUpon spun itself off from eBay last April, it’s been reinventing itself at a rapid pace. In June, it launched, its own URL shortening service, but that was just an interesting new product. Today, it is starting to roll out a major redesign that recasts the service as a social search engine “somewhere between a Twitter and Google,” says founder… Read More

  • Oh No, They Didn't? Tumblr Launches a "TumbleUpon" Toolbar.

    What is it with all the toolbar copycat craziness lately. First, there was Digg going after StumbleUpon with the Diggbar. Then StumbleUpon, which already had a toolbar, introduced a new toolbar/URL shortening service called Now, micro-blogging service Tumblr is getting in on the act with its own toolbar which it is calling TumbleUpon. Could they try to be more blatant in ripping… Read More

  • Stumbles Out Of Beta, Officially Enters URL Shortening Wars, StumbleUpon’s URL shortening service, has come out of closed beta. StumbleUpon, which was recently freed from eBay’s clutches, tossed its hat in the URL shortening ring earlier this year. We first heard about in March when StumbleUpon CEO Garrett Camp Tweeted about it., like other shortening tools, lets you shorten a URL and share it across Twitter, Facebook… Read More

  • Twine Tries To Manage The Stream With New Coverflow-Like Design

    What is the best way to sift through a stream of information? The list view seems to be the most popular because it is information-dense and easy to scan, but it can be overwhelming. More visually appealing ways to manage data are needed. Twine, a site which lets you collect and subscribe to different interest feeds, just introduced a new way to wade through its streams. The new Flash… Read More

  • Can Short Links Save StumbleUpon? (250 Private Beta Invites)

    Any self-respecting Website these days has its own URL shortening service for easy syndication of links across Twitter, Facebook and other status streams. There are services such as and TinyURL. Digg has its controversial Diggbar (which helped lift unique visitors by 20 percent). Hell, even we use our own custom short URL domain ( via Now, StumbleUpon, which was… Read More

  • StumbleUpon's Ebay Spinoff Valuation: $29 Million

    Earlier this month we reported on eBay’s spinoff of StumbleUpon, a company it owned for a little less than two years. Ebay bought the company for $75 million in May 2007. Unknown until now, though, was the spinoff value of StumbleUpon. According to a source close to the transaction, it was $29 million. New investors Sherpalo Ventures, Accel Partners, and August Capital joined… Read More

  • StumbleUpon, A Case Study In The Efficient Allocation Of Resources

    So StumbleUpon, a social bookmarking site that lets users browse and discover new websites by clicking a button, was a subsidiary of eBay for just less than two years. The acquisition made the startup’s founders extremely wealthy, given that they raised just $1.5 million in venture capital, and sold for $75 million. You’d think that the founders (Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith and… Read More

  • StumbleUpon Beats Skype In Escaping EBay's Clutches

    Back in September, we reported that eBay was attempting to sell off StumbleUpon, the website recommendation service it bought for $75 million in 2007. That didn’t happen. And now the company has been spun off to start life over as an independent startup, backed by new investors and the original founders. The new company is led by co-founder Garrett Camp, who now steps into the CEO role. Read More

  • StumbleUpon To Launch ShortUrl Service

    StumbleUpon is preparing to launch a shortURL service (a web service that provides short aliases for redirection of long URLs, like TinyURL or in the next couple of weeks called Founder Garrett Camp announced the new service on Twitter without any description of what it might be on March 3. In an email exchange he says it will be a shortURL service to share StumbleUpon links… Read More

  • Digg Is Working On a Toolbar To Go After StumbleUpon, TinyURL, and All The Rest

    A super-secret Digg toolbar has been spotted in the wild. We tracked down a beta tester who gave us the skinny on its features. The toolbar lets you Digg or Bury the page you are on, and shows how many Diggs it has already received. There are also links to show related pages, as well as more pages from the same source voted highly by the Digg community or marked as up and coming. Then there… Read More

  • Mixx Still Growing (But Not Fast Enough), Relaunches Website

    Mixx is steadily growing, and they’re hoping to spur even greater traffic increases with a completely revamped website. But every social news service is showing growth, and Mixx actually appears to be lagging if you compare publicly available data. Last time we wrote about Mixx, they were touting healthy traffic numbers and boasting the fact that Hitwise report suggested that its users… Read More