How to Free Your StumbleUpon Inbox From “SPAM” Shared Messages

Aug 19, 2009   //   by Phaoloo   //   SEO Blog  //  49 Comments

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StumbleUpon is a great place to discover interesting things randomly online. Once found an awesome page, you can share it to all your friends just with a few clicks. The thing is that your inbox is usually flooded by many shares and in order to discover new things, you have to wade across them. Some of them are great content from real stumblers, but many are crap shares from spammers. In this post, I tell you a small trick to free your StumbleUpon inbox from these shares.

First, download AutoMouseClicker and run it. It’s a portable utility and was designed to automatically click on a specific position on the screen certain times.

Second, click on the button Locate, then move your mouse onto the Stumble button on the toolbar and click on it. The utility will automatically get the mouse position.

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Then, fill in the Click Interval in ms textbox the period you want the utility to wait between two clicks. It’s should be about 10s to 30s and it’s the time your browser is loading the page. You can disable JavaScript, flash and image to save the bandwidth and reduce the loading time.

Next, click on the Click checkbox and fill the times to click. It is the number of messages shown on your toolbar.

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Finally, click on the START button and leave your computer automatically clicking. Meanwhile, you can go out for a drink or do something else. After that, you just come back and start discovering new things as usual.

If you don’t want to miss some important shares from your friends, you can see them in Recent Share page. All the items are easy to scan and you can figure out the important shares from your friends without any effort and much easier than just wading across shared pages.

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This is a guest post written by Phao Loo, he is a very enthusiastic social media enthusiast, who shares quality content on a regular basis follow him on Twitter @Phaoloo or send him a friend request on StumbleUpon

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  • Gerald Weber says:

    @Phaoloo,

    Thanks for writing this guest post. I'm sure many stumblers will find this informative and useful. I do have something to add to the list. As you are going through your shares that come in via the SU toolbar you eventually can identify the ones that send you only crap via the share and their inbox is always full when you try to reply. Well I find it helps to simply unfriend these types, which is something I have been doing a lot of lately. There are some great legitimate shares that come in via the toolbar but unfotunately much of the "quality content" gets over looked unfortunately. Also I have put a disclaimer on my SU profile clearly stating that I will unfriend anyone that sends me the same site over and over and over. Not sure if this helps or not but at least they have been warned.

  • Gerald Weber says:

    @Phaoloo,

    Thanks for writing this guest post. I’m sure many stumblers will find this informative and useful. I do have something to add to the list. As you are going through your shares that come in via the SU toolbar you eventually can identify the ones that send you only crap via the share and their inbox is always full when you try to reply. Well I find it helps to simply unfriend these types, which is something I have been doing a lot of lately. There are some great legitimate shares that come in via the toolbar but unfotunately much of the “quality content” gets over looked unfortunately. Also I have put a disclaimer on my SU profile clearly stating that I will unfriend anyone that sends me the same site over and over and over. Not sure if this helps or not but at least they have been warned.

  • stumbler says:

    Thanks for posting, very helpful. I'll give it a try.

  • stumbler says:

    Thanks for posting, very helpful. I’ll give it a try.

  • AmyV says:

    Very useful; just one question – is there an equivalent to AutoMouseClicker for Macs? That link took me to a PC-only link.
    .-= AmyV´s last blog ..Aug. 18, Internet security and legal music downloading =-.

    • Gerri says:

      Amy, I’ve tried 3 comparable Mac apps and haven’t gotten one to work so far, would also love a recommendation for Mac. Otherwise I’ll have to set up one of the zombie pcs to do it, and I’m trying to avoid soiling my hands.

  • AmyV says:

    Very useful; just one question – is there an equivalent to AutoMouseClicker for Macs? That link took me to a PC-only link.
    .-= AmyV´s last blog ..Aug. 18, Internet security and legal music downloading =-.

    • Gerri says:

      Amy, I've tried 3 comparable Mac apps and haven't gotten one to work so far, would also love a recommendation for Mac. Otherwise I'll have to set up one of the zombie pcs to do it, and I'm trying to avoid soiling my hands.

  • Chris says:

    This is a very useful tip.

    I can't see myself using it for similar reasons Gerald mentioned. I like to personally view my shares. I would hope that the majority of my friends are doing the same. I don't share things just to be auto viewed, lol.

    Plus I can weed out those people that like to send shares of the same site 10x per day everday. And also the ones with the comments "please click at least three links for me" in their comments.
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Maximize Your Site Traffic With Stumbleupon =-.

  • Chris says:

    This is a very useful tip.

    I can't see myself using it for similar reasons Gerald mentioned. I like to personally view my shares. I would hope that the majority of my friends are doing the same. I don't share things just to be auto viewed, lol.

    Plus I can weed out those people that like to send shares of the same site 10x per day everday. And also the ones with the comments "please click at least three links for me" in their comments.
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Maximize Your Site Traffic With Stumbleupon =-.

  • Gerri says:

    Need the app for Mac please.

  • Gerri says:

    Need the app for Mac please.

  • Shell says:

    Thanks to Amy Vernon for the share on this page. The system works!

    But seriously, this means you are not upping or downing anything. Won't this be seen as suspicious by SU? And if you up everything you will certainly be flagged.

    Best bet is to only friend with people whose shares you do enjoy. My other caveat is only one share a day. If you can't abide that I have to unfriend, just too many shares everyday to allow more than one.

    I can guarantee you this. If you share a mesothelioma site with me you are history. ;-)

    • Gerald Weber says:

      @Shell,

      I can understand both sides of the issue. I am active every day and I also actively defriend those who are over the top spammy. So for me I am able to generally get through my toolbar shares every day. However, as an example I had a friend the other day that was desperate, explaining to me he had 500 stumbles waiting in his toolbar. Now that would take the average stumble user a year to get through before they could get to the normal natural stumbles that come from SU delivering your interests via the toolbar. While I personally wouldn't recommend someone use this tool regularly, I could see and/or understand it being used as a tool on the short term to get out of the "share toolbar hole". For a long term approach I definitely agree it makes sense to make wise choices when we decide who to friend and/or cutting loose friends that get too spammy.

      • Shell says:

        I hear you, Gerald.

        I went on vacation for 9 days and had over 1000 shares waiting. It took 4 days to go through them all.

        I agree with Rob (below) that an option should be allowed to move all shares out of pending.
        .-= Shell´s last blog ..SEO as Part of Your Brand Strategy =-.

      • Mick Rogers says:

        Lot of sense in what you wrote Gerald..I reckon if there was a way of selecting who to send yours to in bulk using the Ctrl+A key could help otherwise one has to save it and share from your own page…all up I think SU made an error with the stumble bar..like you yes it is a mere temporary thing
        .-= Mick Rogers´s last blog ..Is the world wide web in trouble =-.

  • Shell says:

    Thanks to Amy Vernon for the share on this page. The system works!

    But seriously, this means you are not upping or downing anything. Won’t this be seen as suspicious by SU? And if you up everything you will certainly be flagged.

    Best bet is to only friend with people whose shares you do enjoy. My other caveat is only one share a day. If you can’t abide that I have to unfriend, just too many shares everyday to allow more than one.

    I can guarantee you this. If you share a mesothelioma site with me you are history. ;-)

    • Gerald Weber says:

      @Shell,

      I can understand both sides of the issue. I am active every day and I also actively defriend those who are over the top spammy. So for me I am able to generally get through my toolbar shares every day. However, as an example I had a friend the other day that was desperate, explaining to me he had 500 stumbles waiting in his toolbar. Now that would take the average stumble user a year to get through before they could get to the normal natural stumbles that come from SU delivering your interests via the toolbar. While I personally wouldn’t recommend someone use this tool regularly, I could see and/or understand it being used as a tool on the short term to get out of the “share toolbar hole”. For a long term approach I definitely agree it makes sense to make wise choices when we decide who to friend and/or cutting loose friends that get too spammy.

      • Shell says:

        I hear you, Gerald.

        I went on vacation for 9 days and had over 1000 shares waiting. It took 4 days to go through them all.

        I agree with Rob (below) that an option should be allowed to move all shares out of pending.
        .-= Shell´s last blog ..SEO as Part of Your Brand Strategy =-.

      • Mick Rogers says:

        Lot of sense in what you wrote Gerald..I reckon if there was a way of selecting who to send yours to in bulk using the Ctrl+A key could help otherwise one has to save it and share from your own page…all up I think SU made an error with the stumble bar..like you yes it is a mere temporary thing
        .-= Mick Rogers´s last blog ..Is the world wide web in trouble =-.

  • Rob says:

    If you are an active stumbler, even if you don't receive too much spam, after not using SU for some time you might be faced with the 'full inbox problem' of the SU toolbar. Unfortunately SU offers not yet a tool to get rid of it. The solution described in this article might indeed be helpful, but still I think that SU should add an option to move simultaneously all pending toolbar messages to the 'Recent shares' box And preferably add some sort and filter features there too.
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..Nanoscale Computer Chips =-.

  • Rob says:

    If you are an active stumbler, even if you don't receive too much spam, after not using SU for some time you might be faced with the 'full inbox problem' of the SU toolbar. Unfortunately SU offers not yet a tool to get rid of it. The solution described in this article might indeed be helpful, but still I think that SU should add an option to move simultaneously all pending toolbar messages to the 'Recent shares' box And preferably add some sort and filter features there too.
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..Nanoscale Computer Chips =-.

  • Inder says:

    Being an active stumbler, this is something I should be aware of, Being a victim of this spamm…Your post really helpmed me a lot..Thanks a lot for sharing…
    .-= Inder@SeoNext´s last blog ..Understanding Cloaking and its Significance in the Current Scheme of Things =-.

  • Inder says:

    Being an active stumbler, this is something I should be aware of, Being a victim of this spamm…Your post really helpmed me a lot..Thanks a lot for sharing…
    .-= Inder@SeoNext´s last blog ..Understanding Cloaking and its Significance in the Current Scheme of Things =-.

  • SU is a great place for niche websites that have a hard time getting classified to really get some exposure.
    .-= Nick Stamoulis´s last blog ..Don’t Lose Your Credibility With Your SEO =-.

  • SU is a great place for niche websites that have a hard time getting classified to really get some exposure.
    .-= Nick Stamoulis´s last blog ..Don’t Lose Your Credibility With Your SEO =-.

  • If anyone finds an app that works for Mac.. Please post!

    Thanks

  • If anyone finds an app that works for Mac.. Please post!

    Thanks

  • Philip Ze says:

    Thanks for sharing this with. The AutoMouseClicker program is interesting, I definitely want to give it a try, it can do many things other than with StumbleUpon.

    I do have some alternative way to share with you. You can actually block certain websites directly from the StumbleUpon toolbar. This will block the spammy shares go directly to you StumbleUpon inbox. Click the drop down menu just right beside the ThumbDown button, you will see "Block Website :'spammydomain.com'". You can always unblock the websites at your StumbleUpon preference page.

    To add on, after a website is block StumbleUpon automatically ThumbDown the page "Not-for-me". Usually I unclick this after the block, because I never ThumbDown page I don't like.
    .-= Philip Ze´s last blog ..Tokyo International Airport =-.

  • Philip Ze says:

    Thanks for sharing this with. The AutoMouseClicker program is interesting, I definitely want to give it a try, it can do many things other than with StumbleUpon.

    I do have some alternative way to share with you. You can actually block certain websites directly from the StumbleUpon toolbar. This will block the spammy shares go directly to you StumbleUpon inbox. Click the drop down menu just right beside the ThumbDown button, you will see "Block Website :'spammydomain.com'". You can always unblock the websites at your StumbleUpon preference page.

    To add on, after a website is block StumbleUpon automatically ThumbDown the page "Not-for-me". Usually I unclick this after the block, because I never ThumbDown page I don't like.
    .-= Philip Ze´s last blog ..Tokyo International Airport =-.

  • Gloson says:

    Haha! Great tip, Phaoloo! Might come in handy when I get more shares.

    And as Philip Ze said above, the AutoMouseClicker program is interesting and can do many other things other than this ;-) .
    .-= Gloson´s last blog ..22 Reasons for You to Blog =-.

  • Gloson says:

    Haha! Great tip, Phaoloo! Might come in handy when I get more shares.

    And as Philip Ze said above, the AutoMouseClicker program is interesting and can do many other things other than this ;-) .
    .-= Gloson´s last blog ..22 Reasons for You to Blog =-.

  • Phaoloo says:

    @Philip Ze: I never use Thumb down button and I think it is just for losers.

    @Gloson: Sure, you can use it to do many tasks :)

    @Gerri: I've tried iMacros but it doesn't work. Sure I'll tell you when I find. You know, this application has to access system components to mimic the click and Windows is much more flexible than Mac.
    .-= Phaoloo´s last blog ..Hide Windows Without Leaving A Trace On Taskbar And System Tray Using Clicky Gone =-.

  • Phaoloo says:

    @Philip Ze: I never use Thumb down button and I think it is just for losers.

    @Gloson: Sure, you can use it to do many tasks :)

    @Gerri: I've tried iMacros but it doesn't work. Sure I'll tell you when I find. You know, this application has to access system components to mimic the click and Windows is much more flexible than Mac.
    .-= Phaoloo´s last blog ..Hide Windows Without Leaving A Trace On Taskbar And System Tray Using Clicky Gone =-.

  • Jawad says:

    I have selective and good friend community at SU. I don't get a lot of SPAM :P Although I find this post funny :P
    .-= Jawad´s last blog ..Digital Statement =-.

  • Jawad says:

    I have selective and good friend community at SU. I don't get a lot of SPAM :P Although I find this post funny :P
    .-= Jawad´s last blog ..Digital Statement =-.

  • gautam hans says:

    I like stumbleupon, and thanx to phaoloo i've learned a lot, this is a great article from hime, will be quite useful.
    .-= gautam hans´s last blog ..New Blogger Post Editor =-.

  • gautam hans says:

    I like stumbleupon, and thanx to phaoloo i've learned a lot, this is a great article from hime, will be quite useful.
    .-= gautam hans´s last blog ..New Blogger Post Editor =-.

  • Mick Rogers says:

    Thanks phaoloo for this..I was also intrigued by Gerald's comment…I have found that a lot of these spammers come from India but not all…in the end I unfriend them…A good post this phaoloo
    .-= Mick Rogers´s last blog ..Is the world wide web in trouble =-.

  • Mick Rogers says:

    Thanks phaoloo for this..I was also intrigued by Gerald's comment…I have found that a lot of these spammers come from India but not all…in the end I unfriend them…A good post this phaoloo
    .-= Mick Rogers´s last blog ..Is the world wide web in trouble =-.

  • Harsh says:

    Thanks Gerald for Nice share.. Some time If I can't catch up with the SU request ..my inbox is full with almost 300-400 Request and it become tiring…Hope this will be at rescue…

  • Harsh says:

    Thanks Gerald for Nice share.. Some time If I can’t catch up with the SU request ..my inbox is full with almost 300-400 Request and it become tiring…Hope this will be at rescue…

  • Noah says:

    Hmm I don't get any spammy shares at all on my SU account. Is it possible I'm not as special as my mom used to tell me?
    .-= Noah´s last blog ..Private Investors to the Rescue of Small Business =-.

  • Noah says:

    Hmm I don't get any spammy shares at all on my SU account. Is it possible I'm not as special as my mom used to tell me?
    .-= Noah´s last blog ..Private Investors to the Rescue of Small Business =-.

  • Sagar says:

    Nice share Phaoloo, will try this trick to clear SPAM. The AutoMouseClicker program is interesting, anyways thanks :D