Diigo

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Introduction to Diigo

Diigo is a research tool that allows users to highlight text and place sticky notes on web pages. The name stands for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff.” Each URL is saved with the added highlights and sticky notes. This allows the user to easily organize and share the information. The site also has many social features as well such as the ability to meet users who have tagged the same sites or have similar interests.

History

The Diigo domain name was first registered on Dec 23, 2004 but remained relatively unknown for several years. The blog website Techcrunch gave it an underwhelming review in late 2005 but just a year later issued a blog that decribed it as "a research tool that rocks". Diigo continued to grow and in the last few months Diigo has exponentially increased in popularity as illustrated in the graph below. Even now, only 1 in 2500 internet users visit diigo.com each day.

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Organization

The Diigo website is organized into six different tabs that can be easily accessed: the dashboard, my bookmarks, my lists, my tags, my sites, and my groups. The dashboard is sort of the home page which you can personalize and allows you to see your recent activity as well as that of your friends. The bookmarks tool allows you to navigate quickly to websites of interest and even mark them as unread if you haven't gotten to them yet. Lists are similar to bookmarks but the major difference is that lists, as the name suggests, can be organized into a sequence. For some applications this may be important. Tags allow you to share your interests with your friends and the "My Sites" tab allows you to easily reference the web pages that you have interacted with the most. The last tab is the groups tab where common interests can be discussed and shared.

Research Tools

Diigo research tools include bookmarks, highlights, and sticky notes which all provide an easy way to keep track of important information online. Any tag or bookmark that is created may be kept private, shared with all friends, or alternatively with only a select group of people. Diigo also provides its own toolbar that can be downloaded which makes all of these tools very convenient and accessible.


Collaborative Research

In addition to providing research tools Diigo also provides several networking features. Diigo allows users to share their information, along with their highlights and sticky notes, to friends and colleagues. The home page updates you on what your friends are interested in and see what they have tagged. Groups can also be created on Diigo, which allows teams to put all of their research together.

These collaborative elements of Diigo open up many possibilities for corporate use. For example, when a lengthy government regulation or memo is issued the highlighting and sticky-note features could be used and then shared with all corporate members to draw attention to only the relevant parts. This would be a more efficient alternative to creating a completely separate document to notify co-workers of any important developments.

Social Content

Users can bookmark and subscribe to any page on Diigo, and also see who else has bookmarked the same content. This allows users to find new friends that share the same interest, and who can also help find more useful resources. Diigo also makes news and resource recommendations to users based on their interests.

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Conclusion

Diigo can be a powerful research tool that helps you organize your thoughts and have it all stored online so that you can access it at anytime from anywhere. In addition, their are many collaborative elements that enable you to easily share your thoughts with others. Diigo clearly has potential for both business and personal applications and, unlike many Web 2.0 applications, Diigo is generally not bogged down by flagrant unprofessional behavior. This characteristic greatly increases it's chances of becoming a mainstream business resource. The following is a video that summarizes all the tools that Diigo offers.

References

http://www.diigo.com/about

http://www.diigo.com/learn_more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RvAkTuL02A

http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2008/04/27/diigo-i-think-i-like-the-idea-bonus-content-conversation-fragmentation/

http://www.techcrunch.com/tag/diigo/

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/diigo.com