For about the last year I have been an active user of StumbleUpon. I quickly started using the site after it sent a rush of traffic to my primary blog shortly after it was launched. After using the site for a while and becoming a big fan of the service, there are a few things that I would like to see added or changed that I believe would improve the experience for users. Although I am an active user, I don’t spend hours on the site every day. Some of these things may be possible now and I’m just not aware of it. If that’s the case, please leave a comment. Also, feel free to leave your own wish lists in the comments.
1. See All Users Who Give a Thumbs Up, Not Just 50.
While I am surfing on other sites I frequently take a moment to check and see who has given a thumbs up to the page that I’m on at the moment. Part of this is just curiosity and part of it is to find new Stumblers that have similar interests as me. Pages that get more than 50 thumbs up don’t show everyone. Obviously SU has a reason for doing this, but I would like to be able to see more, so it’s going on my wish list. If seeing all of the users isn’t going to happen I would settle for just being able to see the total number of users that have given a thumbs up.
2. See All Users Who Give a Thumbs Down, Not Just Those Who Leave a Review.
When a user gives a thumbs down without leaving a review it is not visible from the reviews page. I would like to see this list of users to be displayed just like the list of users who give a thumbs up. Of course, when I’m looking at one of my own pages this could be more discouraging than anything, but I think it would help to get a better idea of what people like and what they don’t.
3. Show Avatars for All Friends When Using the Share Feature.
When using the toolbar to send a link to one of your friends you’ll see an avatar for the friends that you most commonly send links to, but when you go to “all friends” you just see names. While I’m sure it would take a bit more space to show everyone’s avatar, I think it would improve the share feature. Sometimes I have a link that I would like to show with a friend, but I can’t remember their SU username. The avatars are obviously helpful for finding the right user.
4. Be Able to Share a Link with More than 1 Friend at a Time.
One of the complaints I’ve heard from time-to-time is the lack of ability to share a link with multiple users at one time. Currently, in order to share a link with five friends you have to do so one at a time. I have mixed feelings about this. I like the fact that it discourages spam by forcing users to manually share with everyone one-by-one, but at the same time I think it holds back the feature of sharing links. Personally, I’d like to see an option for sharing with at least a few friends at once, if not more. While I have a pretty good number of friends, I rarely receive more than 2 or 3 shared links per day. I wouldn’t mind changes that increased that number.
5. Show How Many Links Friends Have Shared with You When Using the Share Feature.
When you go to share a link with a friend you can see how many links you have sent to that particular friend in the past. This is really handy for making sure that you’re not sending too much to the same people, but I think it would be equally helpful to see how many links others have shared with me. If I could see that a particular user has shared a lot more links with me than I have shared with them, I would be more likely to send something. Likewise, if I saw that a particular user never shares anything with me I would make sure that I didn’t send them too many links.
6. Improved Widget that Shows the Number of Reviews or Thumbs Up.
The SU toolbar is really what makes StumbleUpon so unique. There are so many things you can do quickly and easily with the toolbar. However, one area that I think SU could use some improvement is with the widgets and buttons that they offer. Maybe one of the reasons that they don’t offer more choices is that most of the users just Stumble with the toolbar, so buttons and widgets aren’t as necessary as they are with other social media sites. Still, I would like to see a button that could be put on any page to show visitors how many reviews or thumbs up the page has received. On my primary blog I have had good success using a tool from Delicious that shows how many bookmarks a page has received. When visitors see a high number there it encourages them to also bookmark the page, and I think a StumbleUpon widget would have a similar effect. Basically, visitors on you page would see that 10 users have given a thumbs up, and maybe it would prompt them to do the same.
7. RSS Feeds for Popular Items According to Tags.
I’m pretty surprised this isn’t currently available, so maybe it is and I just don’t know where to find it. On the buzz pages you can see items that are currently popular for a specific tag (for example, see the design buzz page). I would like to be able to subscribe by RSS to get the links that appear on this page.
8. More Space for Typing an Email.
From time-to-time I’ll send an email through my SU page to another user. This functionality is pretty useful in my opinion, but the amount of screen space that you have to type the email is tiny. Why not give more space to see what you’re typing?
What are your thoughts?
What’s on your wish list? Again, if you are aware of a way to accomplish anything on my wish list, please let me know in the comments.