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Monday, August 23, 2010

StumbleUpon Brings Its Serendipitous Discovery To The iPhone And Android

by MG Siegler

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 exactly what StumbleUpon has built with their iPhone and Android apps.

If you’ve ever used StumbleUpon, you’ll be familiar with how to use this app. At the most basic level, you simple sign in, hit the “Start Stumbling” button, and off you go. Content starts loading and depending on if you like it or don’t like it, you give it a thumbs up or thumbs down on the top toolbar. Or you can choose not to rate it at all and hit the “SU” button to go to the next site.

With the click of a bottom you can also share any page via email, Twitter, or Facebook. Or you can share it with another Stumbler. You can also see info about each page including how many views it has, who liked it, and read reviews about it.

But there’s also a way to use the app that’s perfect for the small screens of the iPhone and Android phones. Right below the Start Stumbling button is a “Best for mobile stumbling” area. Here you’ll find links to “Photos,” “News,” “Flickr,” and “YouTube” that will show you only that type of content. Obviously, each of these is great for browsing quickly on a mobile device.

Below that “Best for” area, there’s also a list of your topics (the areas you’ve indicated you’re interested in on StumbleUpon) so you can stumble that way as well.

You can find the app in the App Store here. Or you can search for it in the Android Market. It’s a free download.