This review of the bookmarking tool diigo shows how social bookmarking can help you read, organize, and share things you read on the web. I’ll show you how to sign up and start using it, then give you a tour of some of the social features.
Social Bookmarking with Diigo
One of the problems I’ve found with using too many bookmark tools is that, by volume, they can add another layer of procrastination to your already busy day.
Rather than simply clipping a webpage to Evernote, if you’ve more than one bookmarking tool in use, you start wondering which site will suit that bookmark best. And then whether you want it private or social and where you’ve put other notes like it.
And don’t get me started about finding which site you’ve bookmarked it to when it comes to recalling that information. Procrastination? Utter fecking frustration, more like!
Bookmarking with a difference
What’s different about Diigo, as per the video, is the ability to highlight and annotate the webpages that you bookmark.
True, you can do the same in Evernote once you’ve clipped the page. You can even share a ‘shard’ from Evernote and impress everyone with your additional insights.
However, what Evernote doesn’t do is recall those annotations when you visit that page live on the web the next time.
With the invention of Postach.io, sharing Evernotes and grouping them into your favourite niches has become more sleek. To a degree. But that really is a blog platform and should be treated as such to get the best from it.
With Diigo, however, Social is part of its modus operandi. You can upload email contacts to see who’s hanging out there already and subsequently invite them to collaborate with you on pages, projects or lists you’ve bookmarked.
A newish feature I find really funky is the new embed “Slideshows” option. You can embed a list - a collection of similar-topic webpages - into your blog or website. Not only can the Diigo social community be overawed by your awesomeness, but now the whole world can also marvel at what you and your colleagues have been up to.
The codes for the embedded snippet draw from the live list. So, whenever you add an item to the list on Diigo, it gets added to your embedded version. You don’t have to keep updating your blog every time you or your friends add a note or new web page to the list on Diigo.
Diigolet or Toolbar?
Diigo provides many tools to make adding bookmarks simple. Whether adding to your lists or a standalone page to your Diigo library, there’s no other software to install over and above that your browser’s already running.
For I.E. and Firefox, there’s a whole toolbar that rests atop your browser.
Now, I’ve been converted to Chrome. But in fairness, missing out on that toolbar’s no bad thing for me. I like as much open browser window as possible, given that I split my 21” screen in two when I’m researching/drafting. For Chrome and other browsers, there’s the Diigolet - Diigo’s bookmarklet to add to your bookmarks toolbar.
Saying that, if it is just a simple bookmarklet you want, you can have one of those, too.
Okay - there’s plenty more how-to advice in the video. In addition, there are plenty more tutorials on Diigo itself to help you begin bookmarking with confidence. I’d love to know how you get on, especially if this is a new concept to you.
Dunno about you, but the bookmarks in my browser got overrun years ago. When I’ve got a spare week, I promise I’ll get rid of the crap. I swear AOl and BlueYonder are still hidden in my bookmarks somewhere.
For now, I’m going to test-run the Diigolet. I want to see if it will handle my own ‘public’ bookmarks and also know the difference when I’m in my clients’ accounts. Can you Diigo it? Yes you can!