StumbleUpon Etiquette 101

by on 09/08/2009 in Community, Internet

StumbleUpon is a great tool to share websites with friends. I have been a member and advertiser since 2004. I made many online friends and one best friend in person. I enjoy some of the content that is shared, but sometimes people take advantage of the system.stumbleupon

Here are some of the things that will irk other StumbleUpon users and more than likely they will befriend you and unsubscribe to your favorites;

  1. Multiple sends through the toolbar from the same domain. 1 or 2 is fine, but anymore, is just over doing it.
  2. User’s inbox is full, but yet they continue to send sites through the toolbar. I am sure many users find this annoying. Clean out your inbox or you will be removed.
  3. Stop sending business related websites that offer web design or other services – this is called self promoting and it’s against TOS (Terms of Service).
  4. Requesting Stumbles and Reviews are a little pushy and it’s violates TOS. Send me a page and if I like it, I will thumbs up and/or review it. Send your stumbles in the form of “Hope you enjoy this page, I really thought it was amazing that xyz can do this”. A little commentary will help and it doesn’t come across as a demand.
  5. Stop requesting shares from multiple people as many of your friends are probably mine.
  6. Sending a friend request when you hardly have any favorites, reviews or subscribers. This can be interpreted as someone who is trying to game the system and will eventually send spam.
  7. Expecting Reciprocation – You need to remember we all have different interest. If you send me a website on Lawn & Garden and I am a technology enthusiast, I will more than likely stumble through.

These are just some of the things that will annoy other members. Here’s a great article called – StumbleUpon Etiquette Faux Pas, Tips & Resources, there are many tips you should follow in order to get the most out of StumbleUpon.

It’s important that everybody read the Terms of Service. We can all make StumbleUpon a better community.

26 Responses to “StumbleUpon Etiquette 101”

  1. Kikolani

    Sep 8th, 2009

    Thanks for sharing my article in this piece. I can’t agree more with your list. Hopefully some people who do this innocently, and doesn’t realize how annoying it is, will realize their Stumble wrong doing, turn a new leaf and become better Stumble friends.

    ~ Kristi
    .-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Do You DoFollow? =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 8th, 2009

      Kristi,

      You comment suggest you can’t agree. I think or I am assuming you meant I can’t agree more with your list?

  2. Hey Frank, I think there are probably circles of people who don’t have a problem with the things you’ve mentioned, or that just don’t care. I happen to agree with the points you’ve made and appreciate your saying something that needed to be said.
    .-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last blog ..Balancing Stress Instead of Being Consumed By It =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 8th, 2009

      Jonathan,

      It gets tiring to wake up to 50+ requests each day from many users who have their inbox full.

  3. Teasastips

    Sep 8th, 2009

    Good article Frank, thanks for breaking it down.
    .-= Teasastips´s last blog ..Two More Ways To Make Money From Home =-.

  4. Christie

    Sep 8th, 2009

    Great tips Frank – and haha this past weekend I tried to send a page to the person who sends them to me the most and what a surprise, her inbox was full. Now I KNOW I’m gonna send THIS page to a lot of people. ;)
    .-= Christie´s last blog ..Gut feelings =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 9th, 2009

      Christie,

      You have the love the remove option. :) Thank you for your comment!

  5. The one that bothers me the most is number 2, the person with the full inbox that continues to send shares. I can handle all the rest, but not that. The only time I ever let my inbox get full was when I was on vacation and I worked hard to clear it when I got back. If you want to share, then you have to let people share back.
    .-= Jennifer/Connect with your Teens´s last blog ..Top 20 Fall Movies for Teens =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 9th, 2009

      Jennifer,

      It bothers me the most when someone continues to send shares and their inbox is full.

  6. Ching Ya

    Sep 8th, 2009

    A little while ago I was having a problem with my SU inbox, someone kept sending me his blog posts more than 2-3 times a day, very soon my inbox was full and I had to clean up once per 5 days or so. After a long thought, I decided to block him instead, it’s not really an easy decision to make. I don’t know the person really, when I started SU I thought the more ‘friends’ (although I don’t really know them) the better, now I’m having a new perspective on receiving friends’ requests, it depends a lot on our similarities in pages we like; or if they approach me through messaging.

    No offense to anyone, as Frank said, it’s all about the etiquette.

    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..16 Social Bookmarking Plugins to Promote Your Posts =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 9th, 2009

      Ching,

      The reason I wrote this article is because when I woke up last Saturday I had over 90 stumble requests and many from the same domain. Thank you for the comment as always!

  7. Michael Aulia

    Sep 8th, 2009

    StumbleUpon gives great quantity of traffic. Hopefully everyone can stumble each other posts out of the same interest and with the right etiquette!
    .-= Michael Aulia´s last blog ..How to submit blog posts from WordPress to Facebook automatically =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 9th, 2009

      Michael,

      That would be nice to share the same interests.

  8. Susie

    Sep 9th, 2009

    Frank, I couldn’t agree more, and it’s just amazing those that don’t care about etiquette, stumble wise or not. But such is life!

    Your points are all valid and in order for a system to work, there needs to be teamwork and I somewhat agree with your point #7, but I also think that we all need to read something we normally wouldn’t from time to time..but the multiple stumbles from the same domain with the same topic, sort of irks me.

    Can I post that best friend picture?
    .-= Susie´s last blog ..Lend a Hand =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 9th, 2009

      Susie,

      I do not mind receiving a share that’s not in my interest, but to send me stuff I have no idea about or it’s in another language is just not appealing.

  9. Mike McEvoy

    Sep 9th, 2009

    Frank, Excellent post. One other annoyance I would add are the people who feel compelled to share something evey single day. Especially when they are all for the same 3-4 sites.

    Your post above and Kristi’s post on SU Etiquette should be “Required Reading” for all new Stumblers. A little up front schooling for new Stumblers would benefit the whole community.
    .-= Mike McEvoy´s last blog ..5 Common Computer Security Mistakes =-.

  10. HART (1-800-HART)

    Sep 9th, 2009

    I was getting a few SU friends starting to ‘work’ on me and the #1 rule (multiple sends in a day of the same domain). Rather than send me 2-3 posts of the same domain in a day .. they randomly discover odd news pages on NYT, WSJ, CNN, or other obscure news (albeit some may be interesting) just so they can record a discovery in their SU account, and share non-domain items. So, instead of 2-3 posts a day on one domain, I recieve 2-3 posts a day on one domain plus 3-5 posts of random stories I’m not interested or, has nothing to do with their sites so, so I was getting 5-8 sites in my SU toolbar a day.

    It took me about a week to catch up and take notice, as I too was away on vacation and know how hard it is to keep up with keeping the SU toolbar count number, to avoid being guilty of #2 having a full inbox. And, trying to clear the current stuff as I get ‘em.
    .-= HART (1-800-HART)´s last blog ..When Pet-Owning Students Leave for College =-.

  11. dagorret

    Sep 10th, 2009

    Great article.

    Thank Fracnk for share.
    .-= dagorret´s last blog ..http://dagorret.stumbleupon.com/review/35815064/ =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 10th, 2009

      dagorret,

      Thank you for the comment!

  12. Derek Dorian

    Sep 10th, 2009

    Long time stumble user here
    and i drink to your list :)
    .-= Derek Dorian´s last blog ..Blue Abstract Wallpaper =-.

    • Frank J

      Sep 10th, 2009

      Derek,

      Drinks are on the house. :)

  13. anxjy

    Sep 10th, 2009

    Frank good article for howto:)
    I hate when somebody donot stumble those links which i was send to them and stumbleupon not insist u that u must share ur favorites;p

    • Frank J

      Sep 10th, 2009

      anxjy,

      It’s not about reciprocating, but stumbling what you like.

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  15. BadEvan

    Oct 2nd, 2009

    Thanks Frank,

    You have crafted the MUST READ on Stumble etiquette. I can’t tell you how many “requests” people send that are very annoying. Granted I am guilty of it myself ;)

    • Frank J

      Oct 2nd, 2009

      Evan,

      Thanks for the feedback and I am glad to share information with everyone. It’s why I blog.