StumbleUpon Receives High Volumes of Negative Feedback about Latest VersionAuthor: admin | Filed under: Geek, News, StumbleUpon
Back on February 21st, 2012, StumbleUpon announced its intention to switch all of its users to the newest reincarnation of the site. The user response to that new information is overwhelmingly negative and it goes on for 8 pages (although logged out users may only view 6 pages).
i’m not one who typically moans and groans about changes, but everything stumbleupon changed in this “upgrade” made the experience completely dull. when it switches over completely, i’m uninstalling.”
New stumble sucks. it is for intelligence deprived; terminally stupid; ad obsessed; photo mad saps. really truly sad that some thing wonderful has become a debased image of itself.”
It’s ugly and depressing.
Tried the new version and HATED it. With so many people voicing distaste for it, why would they decide to go ahead and implement it anyways?
The users have spoken and most agree The New StumbleUpon is a Huge Fail! Still, StumbleUpon’s CEO Garrett Camp is convinced he is doing the right thing. Continuously stroking ones own ego with trivial sites like this “StumbleUpon Love” aren’t keeping certain people in close relation with reality, if you don’t mind my speculating. People had plenty of hate for that blog post as well.
All the dedicated users have spent the last year begging and pleading with StumbleUpon not to go in the devastating directions they keep choosing. Posting thread after thread in GetSatisfaction to no avail. For many the last straw was when reading these words; “StumbleUpon has announced that as of October 24, 2011, the ability to blog and add text reviews — part of the service since its origin — will be removed in an attempt to appeal to a less literate class of users“.
True to their word, on October 24, 2011, StumbleUpon deleted years worth of user-generated content, removed HTML blogging, standalone blog posts, and photoblogging capabilities. Additionally, all previous blog posts were converted from HTML to plain text, and all photos were deleted from previous blog posts. In the following months, many of the die-hard users deleted their accounts and moved on. Ushered by staff members to “find somewhere else to blog, like tumblr”, they did just that.
StumbleUpon vastly underestimated the value of the bloggers who left. Without the die-hard content adders, beta testers, SU cheerleaders, miscategorized site fixers that made up the “unimportant” blogger minority, the quality of content within the Stumble system has suffered greatly and continues to decline, as does the once thriving social media sites popularity. In what appears to be a somewhat desperate attempt to regain some of what it has lost StumbleUpon is practically begging for people to care again.
Feedback and Insider Knowledge:
- Give us valuable feedback on new features we’re considering developing
- Test out new features and improvements before we release them to the whole StumbleUpon community
- Provide general input about StumbleUpon and ways we can improve the service
- Meet with the StumbleUpon team and the rest of The Council in person (as well as via conference call) to discuss your perspectives
Public Love and Endeavors:
- Be a general StumbleUpon advocate in your social networks
- Promote StumbleUpon in your daily personal life
- Organize and host StumbleUpon-sponsored meet-ups in your city
- Help other Stumblers organize their own meet-ups in their towns
- Represent StumbleUpon at exclusive events and important meet-ups
- Be an advocate for all things StumbleUpon!
What do you get for all that hard work? “We’ve given this elite group the esteemed title of “The Council” …rofl
That truly does make me giggle. All the things they are reaching for were once in their clutch, given enthusiastically and freely without ever being asked. StumbleUpon spat in the face of its most dedicated volunteers and now they miss them? The entire community support staff was replaced/relocated within the company to make room for a new support staff who seem utterly clueless about everything that has happened over the last few months. Probably so they would be able to “brave face” the outraged users without full understanding of said outrage. After all, it is easier to tell a lie when you do not know that it is a lie.
What can perhaps be considered a Last Stand by some of StumbleUpon’s most dedicated users, those who loved StumbleUpon through and through and had their back all along is fizzling out in GetSatisfaction as they say their final goodbyes and pack up the last of the picket signs. The final, final straw is the newest version of SU as it is considered completely unusable (broken) and anti-social.