Will StumbleUpon become a graveyard with abandoned user pages like headstones marking what once was a vibrant community and is no more? Many previously active StumbleUpon users abandoned their accounts due the last set of StumbleUpon changes. Now users have less flexibility when viewing content through the iframe filter.
The newest SU update removes all direct links. Previously, once you were inside StumbleUpon, you could “X” out the page and go straight to the original site. Now if you’re logged in, you have to say in the iframed version of the site. There is one way to get out, but it’s super clunky. — StumbleUpon Says Goodbye to Direct Links.
What is even more surprising is the lack of uprise from the tech industry and marketers on this recent change. When Digg did the same thing by launching their DiggBar, the tech industry was up in arms and the DiggBar even had an option to close, which StumbleUpon’s version does not. — StumbleUpon Kills Direct Links, iFrames Everything