OK, this will be old news to the more plugged-in, tuned-in and generally aware amongst you, but I thought I’d mention that I recently signed up with StumbleUpon, which is possibly the best way yet of wasting the rest of your life on the internet. I’ve been aware of it for some time, but until now I hadn’t taken the time to investigate it for myself.

All you have to do is install the spyware-free, adware-free, and general nastiness-free toolbar into your preferred web browser, and tell the StumbleUpon server what sort of sites you’d like to see – there’s a good selection of categories to choose from. Once you’ve done that, just click the large friendly “Stumble” button. You will be taken to a web page selected on the basis of the categories you’ve selected, and the recommendations of other users. You can click the equally friendly “thumbs up” button if you like the site, or the slightly less friendly “thumbs down” button if you don’t like it, and don’t want to see anything like it again. Or you can just click the “Stumble” button again to see another site. And again. And again. And before you know it, it’s 1am and you really should have been in bed for hours.

I just started playing with it yesterday, and so far, I like it. I’ve seen some things I might never have found otherwise, and it certainly seems to have a general idea of what I like.

There’s a lot more to play with on the site – you can review pages you’ve seen, communicate with other users, join groups, and all the usual social networking stuff.

Give it a try – you’ve got nothing to lose except hours and hours and hours… :laugh:

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