StumbleUpon’s New Design Looks Very Familiar

StumbleUpon, the website discovery engine, is beta testing a new design that looks extremely familiar. Instead of the long, vertical list of site descriptions with small screengrabs on one side, we now have this:

Horizontal rows of boxes with larger photos and colorful headers. I’m sure I’ve seen this style somewhere before. . . . let me think. . . .

Pinterest

Digg

MySpace

Okay, so you can’t blame them for going with the flow, it’s a design that works, so why not? They also borrow a few other ideas from around the web, including Lists! You can now add any of your favorite pages to a list which can then be followed by others.

Twitter Loses to Instagram But Wins Over London

Twitter is on the march. They won’t stop until every person in the world has Tweeted at least once and I think they can do it. But first, they have to get past Instagram.

According to AllThingsDigital, more smartphone users visit Twitter but the funky photo site tops them for average number of viewers per day and time spent on site. (Study conducted by comScore for the month of August.)

The implication is that Instagram has more returning visitors than Twitter. That’s pretty amazing, seeing as how Instagram has only been around for a few years. Instagram also plays into the hot trend of graphics over text, apparently everyone loves to look but not everyone loves to read. (Boo!)

If You Got Lost Using Apple Maps, Tim Cook is Sorry

Yesterday, I upgraded my Apple iPad and iPhone to iOS 6. Lucky for me, I didn’t leave the house after that or I might not have made it back to chat with you this morning.

As you may have heard, Apple’s new mapping system, the one they installed to replace Google Maps, doesn’t work quite right. Some of the results are amusing, like the bridge in this screengrab. The General Lee might make it across, but the rest of us are going to have issues.

You’ll find that image and more at The Amazing iOS 6 Maps Tumblr.

Other reports include buildings in the wrong place, missing rivers, entire cities moved to a new state, parks five times their actual size and have a look at this incredible melting roadway.

Bing Adds Feature to Tell You Which Experts Have Klout

It’s hard to know who to trust on the internet these days. Everyone has an opinion but who really has the right answers to your questions? Bing says trust Klout.

If you’re new to this, Klout is a system that assigns a numeric value (I am not a number!!) to folks with a social media presence. It’s supposed to represent your influence in your areas of expertise. I am a 43. Frank is a 54. Film critic Roger Ebert is a 92 and that’s one whopper of a score.

Bing wants you to know the score, so they’ve added Klout scores to their “People Who Know” bar.

MySpace Readies Another Relaunch; And It’s Good

The only thing wrong with the new MySpace is the name. It’s the perfect name for an all-encompassing social network where I keep my favorite photos, thoughts from my friends, and links to my favorite TV shows, books and brands. Facebook should be MySpace, but that ship has sailed.

Was MySpace is about to become, is a social network for the music industry and it’s gorgeous.

Paid Content: To Index or Not to Index, That is the Question

Hello, you there! Person reading this post. How did you find it? If you’re a loyal MarketingPilgrim follower then maybe you came in here via our daily email update. Perhaps you came in off a social media link or you clicked a bookmark. If you’ve never been here before, then chances are you came in via a search engine. Welcome. We’re happy to have you and we hope you come back often.

Search engines are vital to the success of any site with written content. So why would you want to stop them from indexing your site?

The UK newspaper The Times stopped them because they felt it ran counter to their paid content business model. Back in 2010, the newspaper blocked search engine spiders as part of their conversion to digital subscriptions. Apparently, they believed that their good name alone would drive traffic to the site.

Offer a One-Click Vote of Confidence with LinkedIn Endorsements

If you click on a LinkedIn profile today, you’ll likely be greeted by a big, blue box like this one:

From here, you have the opportunity to help your fellow man by saying, ‘yes, I know this person is good at those things’ and you can do it with one click. Endorse and you’re done – sort of, because when you reload the page you get more options. If you don’t agree with all of the options, you can click the x to remove them before endorsing.

If you’re really into this, drop to the bottom of the page where most people (but not Andy for some odd reason) have a long list of skills that you can “+” one by one. For each box you click, a tiny picture of you shows up next to a picture of anyone else who agreed with you. Personally, I stopped endorsing because I was tired of seeing my own face pop up over and over again.