Diigo 101

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Overview: Why Diigo?

Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other Stuff (Diigo) is a powerful free social bookmarking website with annotating capabilities. Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage, and search for bookmarks of resources online. Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren’t shared, merely bookmarks that reference them.

Diigo allows its users the options to bookmark, highlight, and tag selected web-pages that can be retrieved from any computer, any time, any place. Users find its features of highlighting and tagging a great way to organize online research. With Diigo power tools you can also add interactive sticky notes to any web page you read and write your personal comments for later review. In addition to highlighting and tagging, Diigo research tools can be used for archiving, searching, and accessing information found on the web.

The premise behind Diigo is social annotation. Social annotation provides e-readers with the ability to create, share, and interact around content. Users can choose to write private notes or public comments on selected web pages. Comments or annotations displayed on sticky notes opened to the public can encourage interaction, exploration, engagement, and the sharing of ideas among individuals or groups. By combining social bookmarking, clippings, in site annotation, tagging, full-text search, easy sharing and interactions, Diigo offers a powerful personal tool and a rich social platform for knowledge users, and in the process, turns the entire web into a writable, participatory and interactive media.

See Social Bookmarking and Diigo for more information.

Diigo Navigation Menu

Three main navigation menus of Diigo are My Library, My Network, and My Group which are connected to the key principles of Diigo, explicitly, researching, sharing and collaborating. All information and items collected by users are entered into the My Library on the Diigo server.

My Library houses bookmarking urls, highlighted texts, pictures, videos, and sticky notes. My Library is the area where bookmarks are organized and managed. When users bookmark a page to Diigo, they have the option to upload and archive the page. Archiving eliminates the worry about selected pages no longer being accessible. Lists and tags are also found in this area to make accessing information located on the web easier.Tagging bookmarks and annotations make it easier to later retrieve information. List allows the organizing, sharing, and displaying of specific collection of bookmarks. Sections can be added to or rearranged simply by dropping and dragging items. 

My Network is a new Diigo social features that adds to the product's strength. My Network creates a "content-centric social network," in which people are connected by what they clip, tag, and highlight. Users will be able to collaborate with other users based not on who is a friend to whom, but rather by who is interested in what. My network delivers web content specifically tailored to a user interests and shows users with similar interest. Participation in a larger network is made possible with its community features that connects users with people with common interests; thus, building global communities around topics and knowledge, tags, and sites.

My Group provides collaborative research and learning tool that allows any group of people to pool their findings through group bookmarks, highlights, sticky notes, and forum discussions. With the messaging system people can see if friends are on line, send messages, or share bookmarks to engage in interesting conversations.

Diigo is much more than a simple web annotation or social bookmarking tool. It is an online research and collaborative research tool that integrates tags, digital highlights, interactive sticky notes, captured snapshots, and group-based collaboration, allowing a whole new process of online information management, learning, and teaching in the 21st Century.

Getting Started with Diigo

  1. Go to the website, Diigo.com (http://www.diigo.com/)
  2. Select “join Diigo  locate at the top left on the page
  3. Make sure to complete and submit the “Create your account” information
  4. A message will appear stating “Hi, _________, your Diigo account has been activated. Welcome to the Diigo community!” You now have access to your Diigo account.
  5. As an educator, you have the wonderful opportunity to use the Diigo.com site for education.  It is located at http://www.diigo.com/education.
  6. a.  Complete and submit the form. The education site allows use of Diigo with your students in the future. It will take 24-48 hours to receive a response back from Diigo (It is important that you use your school email for the Diigo education form)
  7. Download the Diigo toolbar (http://www.diigo.com/tools/toolbar) for your web browser.  This can be downloaded on multiple computers (If you do not like toolbars, Diigo offers the Digolet which does not require a toolbar, http://www.diigo.com/tools/diigolet)
  8. Begin testing out Diigo by bookmarking and enjoy your experience. 
To learn more about social bookmarking, visit Social Bookmarking and Diigo. To explore using Diigo with students, visit Using Diigo in the Classroom.