The topic for today’s discussion will be “Rich User Experience (RUE)”, based on Tim O’Reilly’s fourth design pattern of Web 2.0. To begin with, rich user experience means, the application being more fast, more usable, dynamic and interactive. As the web 2.0 applications add up these features more and more, it will gain rich user experiences. Rich Internet Application (RIA) is similar to the desktop application which is interactive, GUI based and fast. Whilst, the traditional web applications were merely slow, and did not provided with a good graphical user interface, and thus, lacked rich user experiences. The new Web 2.0 applications now use technologies such as Ajax, Flash, HTML5, and Adobe Flex.
StumbleUpon is just like a web search engine that will find and recommend the web contents to users. It is a social sharing service as well. The features allow users to discover and rate photos, videos, web pages which is personalized according to the users interest. There are also toolbars version of StumbleUpon for various browsers, for example, Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera. StumbleUpon was founded in November 2002 by Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith, Justin LaFrance and Eric Boyd during Garrett’s time in post-graduate school in Calgary, Canada.
StumbleUpon provides various features like, thumbs up, placing of sites under ‘favorites’, users can stubmle their personal interest like ‘history’ or ‘games’. Users can filter the types of webpages that they may come across with. This can be done in through the settings menu. After you create an account and setup your initial interest, like movies, music or sports, you click on a button and can stumble to random sites. The sites are presented froth you based on the interest and your browsing history. Furthermore, the pages can be liked/disliked, comments can be made on the content. It is also possible to share via different social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Hence, this feature gives StumbleUpon a feeling of community.
So in this way, StumbleUpon provides a Rich User Experience. Use of various technologies like Ajax, HTML5 and others provide a wonderful GUI, fast interaction, dynamic actions. And therefore, StumbleUpon has been able to attract a large number of registered users.