How do you say that you saw something (e.g., someone's name, a piece of news, etc.) on the internet when you were not expecting to? In other words, I'm looking for a word/expression equivalent to bump into in the context of the internet. I think we should use bump into only when you meet someone by chance.

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When talking about reading something unanticipated, a common expression is "to come across":

While checking posts on this site I visit, I came across an interesting article about the International Space Station.

Other possibilities: stumble upon, uncover, chance upon, happen upon, hit upon

You're right and "bump into" or "run into" tend to be used for chance meetings with people, not information.

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