If there’s one trend I’m noticing among my buddies, it’s how quickly they grow tired of the usual. It’s understandable, there’s only so many times you can watch the same type of YouTube videos. Fortunately, the Internet provides plenty of opportunity for discovery, a large majority of it for free. Who can argue with that?
A personal favorite is Stumbleupon, a site that allows for you to “stumble upon” various sites based off of pre-selected interests. It’s easy and entertaining; you make an account, set up your interests, and Stumbleupon does the rest. It does a great job on sticking to its main purpose: bringing content to my attention that I would like, but would have never known existed. For example, I’ve discovered new music (a lot of the Indie stuff; you could say I’m hipster), this awesome food blog, and random tidbits like this video of Morgan Freeman reading the infamous sorority email that made national headlines not too long ago. Once an account is set up, collecting favorite finds and having constant access to them is easy.
If you’re looking to get a bit more interactive, give Tumblr a shot. The multimedia blog platform allows for video, text, audio and very high quality pictures. It is often used for “photo blogs” – many users simply reblog popular content to tailor to their blog’s overall theme (like this one) – though Tumblr actually has a variety of blogs.
What Tumblr excels in is in the collection of visual content, it’s the place where I go to check out quality pictures and share my own. If you can navigate around, several blogs have incredible content to find. I’ve found blogs focused on humor and other with visuals on popular male clothing trends (the ladies like a well dressed man). The site’s flexible customization allows for some great opportunities in content sharing and collection; a quick, easy digital portfolio wouldn’t be improbable. It’s an overlooked tool, one I feel should be given more credit than it has been.
There are more, of course. It all depends on what you want to find. For laid back humor and sharable content, Reddit and Buzzfeed are my go to sites. Pandora and Spotify (and the new iTunes radio) do a great job in bringing new artists into the limelight, some of which I would’ve never considered beforehand. Twitter has become my reliable source for breaking news. Generally, if I need to find something there’s as ite that can help me out.
As a rule of thumb, if you don’t venture out of the norm, you won’t get anywhere. Same thing applies to the web. There is an endless amount of content to be seen, heard, and enjoyed. Chances are all you need is a few simple tools to find it.