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Promoting Articles on Diigo

posted Nov 14, 2010, 12:59 PM by Lindsey Tinney   [ updated Nov 14, 2010, 1:41 PM by Jeff Murry ]

Lindsey Tinney wrote:
I found the following article written by Jonathan Wylie, on BrightHub.com.  I found it to be an extremely user friendly description as to what Diigo is and why you should use it and he does a great job describing and explaining.  Below you will find the article and link:
 

How and Why I Promote My Articles on Diigo’s Social Bookmarking Site

Recently I decided to promote my articles through Diigo. Here is how and why I did it.

Why?

Diigo is very educator friendly. They have educator accounts specifically geared towards getting K-12 teachers to use their service, so they have lots of educators who view and share their bookmarks. This is our audience!

They also have groups that you can join that have like-minded individuals who view and share each others bookmarks. By default, educators are members of the Diigo Education group, but I also belong to an EdTech group, an Interactive Whiteboard group, and the venerable Classroom 2.0 group. There are dozens of these groups, and there is likely one that will be ideal for the kind of articles you write.

The great thing about these groups is that when you bookmark your article on Diigo, you can also post it to the member page of any groups you belong to. Anyone that visits their group page, will hopefully then see your article, click on it to read it, and then bookmark it themselves for sharing or later use.

Better still, Diigo sends emails to group members notifying them of all the new articles in the group. Not all members sign up for this service, but they either get sent daily, weekly, or monthly emails. Your articles will be in with other bookmarked sites, but isn’t it nice to have a free mailshot for your articles? The Diigo Education group has over 5000 members, and that is just one group, so there is a lot of potential exposure for your articles.

Some Diigo users link their Diigo and Delicious accounts. As a Diigo user, you can sync your bookmarks with a Delicious account. So, if someone bookmarks your article on Diigo, they may also automatically save it to Delicious for double exposure. Again, not all users do this, but many do.

Finally, like Twitter, if people like what you are posting, you can earn followers. These people are people who will get updates when you post some new material. Really, you need do nothing more than write good articles to court future followers.

How?

To get started, you need to sign up for a Diigo educator account. It is free, and does not take very long. Once confirmed, you are ready to start bookmarking your articles. You should see an ‘add new bookmark’ url box on the Diigo homepage. This is a good place to start.

For each article you bookmark, you can assign tags. These tags make your article easier to find if someone is browsing Diigo for new sites. Think of words people would use to search for your article, and add these to the tag box. You can add as many as you want.

In the description box, add a brief description for your article, or use the META description that Diigo often pulls in automatically when it finds your article. This gives people an idea what your article is about if they happen to stumble across it. Titles are great, but your description may be the difference between someone clicking, and someone ignoring. Repeat this process for all the articles you want to add.

Now it is time to join some groups. Click on the tab at the top of the page that says ‘My Groups’. Here you can search by category or keywords to try and find the groups that would most reflect the content you write about. Join any and all that you think are appropriate, and choose to sign up for email updates if you want them.

Now click on the ‘My Library’ tab at the top of the page. This takes you back to your bookmarked articles, and now it is time to share some. Click edit, underneath an article, and check the ‘share to a group’ option. Here you can select which groups you want to share your article with. At the moment you can only select one at a time, but that may change in the future. Select the group you want, and click save. Repeat for more groups. Your article is now shared.

It may be best not to share dozens of articles at once, as this may look like a spam attack. Drip feed some of your better ones first, and ease the others in later. For easy bookmarking, you may like the post to Diigo button, the Diigolet mini toolbar, or the standard Diigo toolbar. I use the button and the Diigolet, but lately I just use the button. It works for me.

So, this is how I share my education articles with Diigo. It does not take a lot of effort, and it is a good way to bring extra views to your articles. For those that are interested, you can also Teach Social Bookmarking With Diigo. See? Promoting your articles is easy!


Written by Jonathan Wylie (10,494 pts) in K-12 Learning Blog


Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/blog/archive/2010/05/15/promoting-articles-on-diigo.aspx#ixzz15IE0J81F

Diigo - Comments by Jessica Valasek

posted Nov 14, 2010, 12:51 PM by Jeff Murry

I just started learning about Diigo through this project and already I can’t stop telling people about it!  Before getting an introduction to Diigo I never used any type of bookmarking site, but after spending time doing my own research and playing with it’s tools, I am excited to see how I can use it in my classroom with my current group of second graders.  Bookmarking and tagging is nothing new to me, but the way that Diigo helps you organize and find your bookmarks is second to none.  The highlighter feature and the sticky notes are so practical and easy to use.  I  can’t wait to see how well my kids do with it.

Social Bookmarking: Delicious Vs Diigo - Comments by Kathleen McGeady

posted Nov 13, 2010, 5:34 PM by Jeff Murry   [ updated Nov 14, 2010, 1:40 PM ]

In my opinion, Delicious is a great way to begin social bookmarking however if you’re looking for more features, Diigo is the way to go. The great thing is, they don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you are using Delicious and want to make the switch, you can import all your Delicious bookmarks to Diigo and you can activate the Diigo setting to “Save to Delicious”. This means you can send your new Diigo bookmarks to Delicious automatically. This is good if you already have people who follow your Delicious account.

From:  http://justcurious.posterous.com/diigo-or-delicious

Diigo: A New Way to Social Bookmark - Comments by Jodi Tompkins

posted Nov 13, 2010, 5:27 PM by Jeff Murry   [ updated Nov 14, 2010, 1:40 PM ]

Diigo is a social bookmarking site much like Delicious but much more powerful. Like Delicious, you can save your bookmarks online for easy access from anywhere, assign tags for ease of locating certain bookmarks that pertain to a topic, as well as network with your friends, co-workers, and others. What Delicious doesn’t allow you to do is have a safe online organizational system just for your classroom. With Diigo, as a classroom teacher, you may sign up for an educational account in which it will enable you and your students to interact and organize your research.

For example: once you have registered your students they will be able to do the following: save websites (to list and share with groups), highlight important sections (allowing them to go straight to the information needed), and comment. The importance of these features allows students to collaborate and research with fellow students.

I see Diigo changing how we share information. Collaboration, commenting and sharing of resources can take place via students to students, students to teachers, or teachers to other professionals.

For example: Students could be placed in a group where they are researching a topic on rainforest. Each student has the capability of highlighting a particular passage they deem important then bookmark it to share with their classmates. Their group members can then comment or leave notes to each other discussing the relevance or importance of that particular article. The teacher can also benefit from this feature being that he/she can see all comments made by the students and offer additional questioning, suggestions, or constructive feedback. An example in the realm of administration, let’s say your principal runs across an article that he considers important. In the past, he might make a copy and place it in the teacher’s mailboxes for them to read and discuss at a later date. With Diigo, now he can bookmark the article, send it to a particular group, and ask them to read and comment directly on the website. This way all teachers can read other’s comments and see highlighted material that may be beneficial. This makes for some true online collaboration at the teacher’s convenience. Another beneficial feature for teachers when belonging to a group is setting up your account in which they will be emailed when a new bookmark is shared with the group. This way, one doesn’t have to login to their Diigo account to check what new bookmarks have recently been shared, it will be emailed directly to them.

From:  http://techmunoz.edublogs.org/2010/04/29/diigo-a-new-way-to-social-bookmark/

Diigo Import - Comments by Keith Crawford

posted Nov 13, 2010, 5:23 PM by Jeff Murry   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 5:26 PM by Christian Howd ]

Diigo can import your current bookmarks from your browser or from Delicious and you can export your bookmarks to a file for local backup. For those of you already using Delicious. Diigo will update your delicious account with any new links and associated tags so you have no reason not to switch.

From:  http://www.knowthenetwork.com/2010/01/turning-links-into-a-library-with-diigo/

Diigo: a favorite collaboration and learning tool - Comments by Jo McLeay

posted Nov 13, 2010, 5:01 PM by Jeff Murry   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 5:27 PM by Christian Howd ]

Just reflecting on my favorite Web 2.0 tool and I would have to say that Diigo is one of the best. It brings together the best of social networking and social bookmarking. Its web 2.0 qualities are seen in the idea of collaboration that is embedded in it. The groups feature is one of the most helpful in that you have your outboard brain working for you (namely the community of people who are on the same search as you). It really is a case of many hands make light work.

From:  http://vitta.globalteacher.org.au/2010/11/10/diigo-a-favourite-collaboration-and-learning-tool/

Diigo Teacher Accounts - Comments by Mary Beth Hertz

posted Nov 4, 2010, 2:49 PM by Jeff Murry   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 5:01 PM by Christian Howd ]

In past years, I had my students take notes using Microsoft Word, but I found that they were copy-pasting whole paragraphs from websites or copying them down and then copy-pasting them into their graphic organizers and PowerPoints without really reading them.  They did this despite the fact that we had reviewed good note-taking procedures, copyright and plagiarism. They also found it hard to keep track of the sites they used for their information.

While observing my students using Diigo, I noticed that they were actually reading the site and highlighting the information they wanted to keep.  This was different from previous years where they just copied blindly.  In addition, they could easily return to where they left off the previous class. 


From:  http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/02/diigo-teacher-accounts.html

Quote from Will Richardson on Diigo

posted Nov 4, 2010, 2:48 PM by Jeff Murry   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 4:44 PM by Christian Howd ]

Diigo, and other social writing tools like it, seem to have the capability to help extend the walls of the classroom. The shift that I think Diigo will help to enable is one that will allow students to move beyond the strict grade-level grouping we impose on them and interact, annotate, and discuss with other students of varying age and ability. If we can start breaking down those age old approaches and the accepted perception of "school" then we are really talking about something better for kids. Teachers could collaborate, plan group students and instruct across grade-levels to provide the type of differentiated instruction each child needs.

From:  New Reading, New Writing   

My Thoughts

posted Nov 4, 2010, 2:44 PM by Jeff Murry   [ updated Nov 4, 2010, 2:48 PM by Christian Howd ]

I've been using Diigo for approximately two years. I enjoy many of the unique features of the social bookmarking tool. I'm currently working with a fourth grade class at a small private school and I hope to use Diigo with feature computer learning activities.

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