Last week I came across Adamant Solution’s StumbleUpon Alerter. This is a great little app that you can download. It then sits in your system tray and alerts you when someone stumbles or reviews a post that you discovered. It actually does quite a bit more than that, but you should check it out yourself, because I want to talk about the weird thing that StumbleUpon Alerter brought to my attention.
This morning I submitted my comparison of website metric ranking systems to StumbleUpon. It immediately showed up in my StumbleUpon Alerter and it wasn’t long before I heard the alert telling me it had been stumbled. Curious I pulled up the window and saw that MrsMecomber had posted a review of the article to SU, but it didn’t indicate she had thumbed it. Okay, either she wasn’t that fond of the article or there’s a glitch in the Alerter. No big deal.
A few more Stumbles rolled in and then another user reviewed it, but the Alerter did indicate that this user had given me a thumbs up. Strange. So I did a little experiment myself. Upon coming across an article I wanted to thumb up, instead of using my SU toolbar thumb I clicked the SU button in the post. Up popped the little SU window asking me to review the site and add tags.
After completing and submitting the form I revisited the page in a separate browser tab. My SU Toolbar did not indicate that I had given the page a thumbs up. Strange, indeed. I checked the site’s page at SU and saw my positive review was posted, but my toolbar still didn’t indicate that I liked the page. Since I did like the article I went ahead and hit the toolbar thumb which has since accurately shown that I like the page.
I don’t pretend to understand the convoluted ins and outs of how StumbleUpon works internally, but it seems to me like there’s some kind of problem here. I’ve read that reviews count for more than thumbs in SU’s ranking, but how are those reviews counted (good or bad) if neither thumb has ever been selected?
I suppose the “moral of the story” is that if you want to give a site a review, make sure you click the appropriate thumb as well. If anyone out there has a better understanding of this phenomena I would really appreciate some input. Or if you’ve experienced something similar your story would be appreciated.