The dig­i­tal serendip­ity of Stum­bleUpon

The Irish Times - - Technology -

It is hard to be­lieve Stum­bleUpon is 16 years old. This “dis­cov­ery en­gine” is one of the few choices we have to lit­er­ally stum­ble upon di­verse, un­ex­pected and in­ter­est­ing con­tent on the web. We’re not go­ing to get some­thing un­ex­pected on Face­book, Twit­ter or through Google. The in­creas­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion of per­son­al­i­sa­tion al­go­rithms means that we are all liv­ing in our lit­tle fil­ter bub­bles chock­ful of things we like and that reaf­firm our world­view, while con­tent that chal­lenges the way we think is in­creas­ingly hid­den from us.

It’s not that we’re all pre­cious snowflakes afraid of dif­fer­ing opin­ions; al­go­rithms are do­ing what they do best: giv­ing us more of what we like, more of the same. Mean­while, if you spend some time on Stum­bleUpon, hit­ting the “stum­ble” but­ton will help you break from your nor­mal pat­terns of web us­age and dis­cover some­thing dif­fer­ent.


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