DIIGO – YES I AM USING IT

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I signed up originally for Diigo a few years ago when MiguelMGuhlin was discussing how great it was and all the different things you could do with it.  I tried it, used it for a while, considered it too “busy” and complicated for me and retired Diigo to the I have used it, but it didn’t do anything for me pile.

In my EXPERIMENTING IS OVER – TIME TO START USING IT!
I said the following:

Bookmarking: I tried out many different bookmarking systems this summer and found that I really needed one that was independent of the browser, for when I use a different one on whatever type of machine I am running. When I figured that out, my choices came down to Delicious and Diigo; I have used both successfully in the past, but decided to go with Diigo because it was a little more feature rich.

Diigo has features that I now value more than I would have in the past.  When I wrote the above post a couple of weeks ago, I was basing my change on a lot less information than I have today and I need to change that last sentence from a littlemore feature rich to a lot more feature rich.

Here is a link to Jason Schmidt’s blog post comparing Delicious and Diigo it opened my eyes to many different things that Diigo can do that I didn’t know about.  I listened to Jason, Shannon Miller and Maggie Tsai (Diigo) on Classroom 2.0 Live Webinar about the different things you can do with Diigo.  I learned more in that hour about Diigo than I had previously about it.

Diigo’s screenshot and annotation tool is one that I will use quite a bit

I ran into some issues inserting the annotated screen shot in this post via the URL, but I am pretty sure it is something I didn’t do. Part of that learning curve thing.
One of the best things that I learned about during the Classroom 2.0 Live Webinar was the Lists function and how you can share them with others.  That way I don’t have to share my entire library, just the pertinent list(s).
Another thing that I want to look at more closely, even though I don’t know if I will use it at the start of the school year or not is the Diigo teacher console.  It will easily allow you to add several students quickly and easily.  This is one of those things, where I will be introducing my 7th grade students to several tech tools all at once and I think this might be a bit of overload in the first month.  Maybe in the 2nd quarter Diigo and my class will get introduced?


One of the features that I really like is the ability to “share” or post to my blog directly from Diigo, although this feature has been around for a while, I didn’t realize it existed before, I can see how I can quickly blog something from the Diigo Toolbar which I did last night.

I am just beginning to learn all the features that Diigo now has (compared to when I used it in 2008).  I believe it will take me a while to figure it all out, there is a bit of a learning curve to using Diigo’s more advanced functions.  However, if you are only using the bookmarking tool and annotation, it is very intuitive.  Figuring out where things are takes some getting used to and I foresee that Diigo is going to take over some of the stuff that I had been doing in Evernote.

Now that I have used Diigo for a couple of weeks I find that it has a wealth of other useful features that enhance my productivity instead of complicating it.

The initial reason for coming back to Diigo was that I use multiple browsers on multiple machines with 2-3 different operating systems.  All of the bookmark synchs, etc. just didn’t work as well as advertised at this point.  So I needed a solution that was platform/OS/machine independent and in my experience over the past couple of weeks Diigo has filled that need very well.

Disclaimer: No I have not received any compensation, free stuff or other enticements to write positively about what I consider to be a great application that I am presently using.