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When Mike reviewed social bookmarking, research and collaboration service Diigo last year, he liked its simplicity, its connections with other services, and its wealth of features. Since then, the social bookmarking field has continued to mature; witness the recent purchase of Friendfeed by Facebook, and the […]

Diigo_logoWhen Mike reviewed social bookmarking, research and collaboration service Diigo last year, he liked its simplicity, its connections with other services, and its wealth of features. Since then, the social bookmarking field has continued to mature; witness the recent purchase of Friendfeed by Facebook, and the numerous ways that bookmarks can be shared on social networks. Even MySpace is getting into the act by syncing posts with Twitter!

diigo-research-annotateSo how can a lesser-known app like Diigo compete? The latest version of Diigo has just gone live, and from what I can tell, it’s growing beyond social bookmarking and going for the “kitchen-sink” approach: Add as many features as possible, so that no matter what a user wants, it’ll be there. Among the list of new features are a few that caught my eye:

  • Similar to Iterasi, users can now archive web pages from a particular point in time — even ones that are dynamically generated or password-protected. Multiple versions of the same page can be saved, either as HTML or images. Toolbars to control this function are available for Firefox and Internet Explorer.
  • There are now several options for commenting on web pages — highlighting in multiple colors, and different sizes of sticky notes, all of which can be private or shared.
  • diigo-share-sendLinks to the archived and annotated web pages can be shared via email, Twitter or Facebook, and recipients don’t need any special software to see your comments.
  • Groups can be set up to comment, tag and collaborate on projects.

The site is still in beta, but its redesigned interface is intuitive. Searching and tagging have also been improved, and an iPhone app is on the way. The site is free and advertising-supported; educational accounts are available.

Oh, and by the way, Diigo is one of the few sites I’ve seen that offers an explanation of its name:

Diigo is pronounced as “Dee’go.” The name “Diigo” is an abbreviation for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff.”

If Diigo’s impressive feature list hasn’t convinced you to try it, I’m sure that will!

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  1. Diigo made a really great update! I’m using Diigo since 1 year – it’s indeed one of the best and fastest bookmark services on Net!

  2. Charles, Thanks for a nice article. We have worked with Diigo in the past and their innovation is a hair’s breadth now from being what I think they always wanted it to be. With the version 4.0 additions, the development is almost at the point where business and individuals alike can do research in ways never before thought of.

    Several of these tools have come out, many of which are just copies of Diigo really. A lot of the buzz about some of them is just that. If Diigo, as you say, would not over engineer so much, then the core tool could be refined more. To a degree this version has done some of that.

    Again, a great mention for one of Web 2.0’s most successful and worthwhile startups. Watch for what is next, from a semi-insider’s viewpoint. Take care and keep writing the good stuff.

    Always,
    Phil

  3. I’ve been using Diigo for a while and have found its update to be tremendously helpful, in terms of UX and focus. Splitting my time between my daily work scheduled and full-time classes, this is one service I feel actually increases collaborative efforts in my information management courses.

  4. Well, I’m sold.

  5. Angela Connor Monday, October 12, 2009

    I just started using Diigo two hours ago and I am hooked. I am working on an article for EContent Magazine that requires lots of research and it has already proven invaluable in terms of organizing the research and making it easy for me to retrieve. I am particularly impressed with the ability to annotate content on web pages and have that automatically saved in my library WITH the highlighted content pulled out. This is huge for journalists, or any content creator working on a big project. Love it. I will be sure to spread the word.
    Angela Connor
    Author, “18 Rules of Community Engagement”

  6. Charles,

    I started using Diigo 2 weeks ago and liked it so much that I decided to join a couple of existing groups. I found one for Twitter and one for WordPress. After receiving a few group updates via email from the WordPress group, I quickly realized that what I really needed is a WordPress.com group. So I created one and I am very excited about it. The goal of the group is to share any information that is specific to improving or gaining traffic for WordPress.com blogs.

    If anyone would like to join, please search under groups for WordPress.com Users and send a request. But if you would rather just view the articles we have collected so far I’m sure you will find them very useful.

    Diigo is a much better was to collaborate on projects than many other services out there. Another good strategy is to use Twitter along with Diigo to generate interest and get feedback for a project.

    I work with an Academic Outreach program and I plan to share this resouce with educators in my network as well.

    Thanks for the post.
    @ileane

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