Sixteen years after it started, StumbleUpon is calling it quits. It stops operations forever on June 30, 2018. But don’t worry, there are still a few other sites that let you find interesting web pages with the click of a button.
One of the internet’s premier discovery engines, StumbleUpon randomly showed pages liked by others. You could endlessly click the Stumble button till you found something that piqued your interest.
Social networks have made it easier to discover articles, videos, or other links that you find interesting. But if you want a little bit of that randomness back into your life, there are a few choice sites and apps for that too.
1. Mix (Web): StumbleUpon’s Official Alternative
In a Medium post, StumbleUpon co-founder Garrett Camp said they were encouraging current users to move to their new platform, Mix. Mix even lets you import all your current StumbleUpon favorites, interests, and tags.
Browse around and you’ll find that Mix is like an organized version of StumbleUpon. The web’s best links are curated in one place and presented in your dashboard, based upon your interests. Click a button and the link is added to your Collection, which you can read later on your mobile. The only thing missing is StumbleUpon’s feeling of randomness and serendipity.
Mix apparently has mobile apps for Android and iOS, but I couldn’t get either of them to work. That said, the site works perfectly on a mobile browser, so there’s hardly anything that an app is going to add to that. So turn the site into an app and use Mix freely.
2. Discuvver (Web): Find a Useful Website You Didn’t Know About
StumbleUpon and others like it have always been about interesting links. Utility was never the focus, it was more about passing some time in an entertaining way. Discuvver focuses on useful websites exclusively but adds StumbleUpon’s randomness to it.
Click the “Take me to a useful website” button on the homepage to open a new tab with a random website in it. You can click that button as many times as you want. Discuvver doesn’t seem to run out of suggestions, so go nuts and find some of the most useful websites you didn’t know about.
Just remember to keep the Discuvver site open in one tab because there isn’t a button on each new page you visit. You’ll always have to go back to the main site to get that button. This also means Discuvver is a better experience on desktops than mobiles.
3. Stumbl.TV (Web): StumbleUpon for YouTube Videos
Stumbl.TV is a neat way to check out some of those interesting videos that you normally wouldn’t come across on YouTube. Like StumbleUpon, it is completely random, but you can set a few parameters.
For example, you can set how short or long you want the video to be, with a maximum runtime of four minutes. Similarly, you can set how many times the video has already been viewed, so that you can even get some of the weirdest and least viewed YouTube clips. You can also filter by YouTube categories.
And of course, there are a few tags of the most popular types of videos, but I’d stay away from those. The true randomness of Stumbl.TV is more fun. Learn the keyboard shortcuts too for a better leanback experience.
4. URL Roulette (Web): Give a Link, Get a Link
For a truly random experience, URL Roulette is the place to go. It’s one of the best time-wasting sites when you’re bored.
It’s a give-and-take experience. Here’s how it works. Go to URL Roulette and paste any interesting link you know of. The site will immediately take you to another such link submitted by someone else. By the time you finish with that, you’ll be ready for another. So again, paste an interesting link and get one more. It’s the same randomness of StumbleUpon, but this time, you feel a part of the community.
If you want a quick list of URLs, subscribe to the newsletter or check out the latest issue. There, you will find the week’s top 10 submitted URLs, so it’s an easy way to get 10 cool clicks without having to submit something for each one.
5. /r/InterestingAsF*** (Web): The True StumbleUpon Successor
The best successor for StumbleUpon comes from Reddit, with a name that has an unfortunate expletive in it. But don’t worry, the content in the IAF subreddit is heavily moderated, and posts with adult content are clearly marked as NSFW.
The community at IAF shares links of all kinds, whether it’s a video, an image or GIF, an article, or a whole website. Sort them by latest or top posts, go for the more controversial ones, or browse in any pattern you want. You won’t be disappointed with the collection here, as the moderators do a great job of regulating the quality of posts here.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a true randomizer here, but given how regularly IAF gets updates, you won’t need it. And as always, you can also use Reddit’s “Random” button to find interesting things.
Best StumbleUpon Alternatives for Time-Wasting…
StumbleUpon’s greatest gift was the joy of time-wasting. You kept clicking away at that button and finding things that are weird, wacky, and downright pointless. While it’s not the same, these sites offer similar silly pointlessness.