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StumbleUpon Struggles With Sweeping Changes

StumbleUpon has been a standby web traffic driver for many bloggers for over a decade now, and many of us have experienced the lovely traffic upswing that happens when you’ve been successfully “stumbled.” Sadly, though, it looked as though those traffic spikes were a thing of the past as StumbleUpon instituted a far more hard-to-close “iFrame.”

Just eight weeks ago the new beta version of StumbleUpon was established, but it wasn’t until early February that StumbleUpon changed its format and switched to the newest version of their iFrame. What is an iFrame? Well, it’s a coding trick that “frames” a web page basically, it shows you the content you want to see without actually visiting the web page directly. This can be beneficial in some cases because it lowers the amount of bandwidth used. Most sites that use iFraming, however, make it quite simple to close the frame and go to the actual website.

But NOT StumbleUpon when it instituted another major change in early February.

As of February 1th, however, according to the StumbleUpon blog, they HAVE actually added BACK in the simple “x to close” feature to their iFrames (after an incredible outcry) but ONLY for signed in members.

We’ve recently heard some concerns over the implementation of our new Web StumbleBar, so we wanted to give a quick update on fixes we’ve just made. We have always used an iframe to display the Web StumbleBar and site content together; our redesigned StumbleBar works just like it did before. Our previous StumbleBar design included an ‘X’ button (to close the iframe if you wanted to view the original URL) but we didn’t initially make this as part of the redesign for signed-in members. We received several requests for this feature over the last few weeks, so as of today we will be adding this back in for signed-in members. This lets you hide the StumbleBar to see the original link, and simply click back afterwards to return to Stumbling.

This is good news for bloggers, I suppose, although not all bloggers are drinking the StumbleUpon kool-aid. Perhaps the iFrames will actually be a boon for good writing, then?

What do you think? Did StumbleUpon make a mistake?

 

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