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10 Reasons to use Diigo

Diigo is a social bookmark service. A social bookmark service is like the Favorites in Internet Explorer, or Bookmarks in other web browsers, like Firefox. However, instead of saving a URL to your computer, you save it on the internet.

This has a number of advantages:

Firstly, you're less likely to lose all your bookmarks in the event of a hard drive meltdown: you just move on to a different computer.

Secondly, you don't have the hassle of trying to remember which URLs you saved on which computer.

Thirdly, a corollary to the above is that you don't have the annoying situation of finding yourself at work wishing you could remember the URL you saved on your home computer, or vice versa.

Fourthly, and this is where the 'social' comes in, by saving your bookmarks on the web, suitably tagged, other people will be able to see your bookmarks on a particular topic, and you will be able to see theirs. This makes for a very rich experience, and helps you to expand your horizons. It's basically a very practical demonstration of the old adage: Many hands make light work.

Think of how you might use that with your colleagues, or with your students.

Diigo is one of several social bookmarking applications that are available, and I like it for the following reasons.

  • It's very intuitive to use. In this sense, it's not that different from the others available.
  • It's also free. Ditto.
  • You can publish a bookmark straight to your blog. This is a very nice feature. It means that you can, in effect, use the Diigo description text box as a surrogate blogging platform: very handy if you're out and about, and you come across a website you'd like to draw others' attention to, but don't have the time to write a blog about it, or to repeat what you have already said in the Diigo text box.
  • If you prefer, you could send the link to Twitter instead.
  • You can also organise your bookmarks into lists. I have to say that I have not yet tried this myself, but it seems like the kind of feature you'd find useful.
  • For the time being at least, I've decided to make use of the Groups feature. You can join (or apply to join) groups within your area of interest. Doing so will mean that you can be notified of any new bookmarks that other people in your niche have made. It's like doing research, or having continuing professional development, without actually doing much apart from checking your email now and again.
  • You can also create your own groups. I've created a group called Education Technology - ICT in Education. From a sharing point of view, it doesn't really cover anything more than several other ICT-related groups already do. But I created it as a way of easily storing bookmarks I have referenced, or may wish to reference, in my own articles.
  • Remember my point about being able to publish a bookmark to a blog? Well, the feature that makes Diigo stand out for me is the facility of being able to set up an autoblog post. What that means is that I can set it up to post my bookmarks at particular times and intervals. You can set conditions too. Thus I have set it up to automatically publish, twice a day (although I may change this to once a day or even once a week), any bookmarks in the group I have created. So, if I bookmark something now, it will miraculously appear on my blog at 9 pm today. If I discover and bookmark stuff after that, it will automatically publish it tomorrow morning at 9 am.
  • Think of how you could use this in school. For example, you could require your students to join a particular group and bookmark useful sites there, and have that published once a week, say. So their weekly homework would be to check the blog every week to see what's new, and to explore the freshly-bookmarked sites.
  • As with other social bookmarking sites, you don't have to share all of your URLs with the world: you can mark them as private if you prefer.

But as I think you'll agree, the educational possibilities of using the various (non-private) facilities of Diigo are vast.


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Reader Comments (8)

I love Diigo. One of the features I particularly like is the ability to create lists. Lists can include section headings if desired.
Most of the links on the left of my blog are Diigo lists.

I also like educator account feature where teachers can create a group for a class.

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen Young

Thanks, Colleen. I've not used the lists feature so I will look at your blog to see it in use. Also, thanks for the great suggestion about creating one group per class: I hadn't thought of that. You could do the same for a subject or year group too, couldn't you.

I wonder which circumstances it's more approriate to use lists, and when to use groups, or if they can profitably be used together?

I'm a big fan of Diigo. One distinct affordance is the inbuild social annotation functionality. It means that I can highlight sections and place comments alongside the content of a page I bookmark; then I can view the interesting section of the content from my Diigo library without having to access the original page again. This saves me sooooo much time.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark Morley (markuos)

That's a good point, Mark. I don't think I've done that yet, although I have set it up to automatically post something to my blog to save me time! Thx for the idea.

I started using Diigo this year with my gr. 7/8 students. Initially, I had them use it strictly as a tool for their own online reading. For a few months, students created their jot notes using the highlight and sticky note feature. The students quickly figured out the ease of copying their sticky notes into a google doc to continue with their written report.
Recently, I've had them do some collaborative projects in the classroom with the group option. There were a few bumps in the setup but they all found success.
Our next step is to use Diigo groups with some of the classes we collaborate with beyond our classroom walls. The students are excited to use the tool, and they've quickly seen the value as it saves time in their online reading.
February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Durnin
Thanks, Heather, that is most inspiring. I tweeted the link to your article this norning.
Since I posted that first comment I have changed WordPress themes!

Diigo lists now on this page

List are useful ways of sharing subsets of bookmarks with people.

I put some links for staff at my school here:
March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen Young
Thx for the update, Lynn, and for the staff links. They look really interesting and useful, and I'm looking forward to exploring them properly.

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