One of my favorite ways to discover new sites is by using StumbleUpon. I’ve been a fan for a while now, and just recently they redesigned their homepage. It looks like they’ve pulled bits and pieces of ideas from other big social networking/bookmarking services like Del.icio.us or Digg — yet they still made it their own.
Besides the new design, and new colors, one of the biggest changes is the addition of “recently popular websites” (much like Del.icio.us). It displays websites that were recently rated by StumbleUpon users, and the format of it reminds me of Digg with a small explanation of what it’s about, when it was reviewed, how many reviews it received, and what topic it fits under.
And because it’s “social”, they also display “Recent Stumblers.” Within that section, you can click “show me more” to see who’s online and view the top stumblers along with their profiles.
Now when you visit the site, you get a good idea of what they’re all about from just looking at it. I think the new look and design fits them well and shows that they have a focus on social networking/bookmarking. It has always been, and still remains one of the friendliest social sites that I’ve come across where you can find great sites around the web.