We’re delighted to learn that Tim O’Connor who is currently the Strategic Sourcing Lead for Capgemini, one of the largest management and IT consulting firms, has been invited to present at ERE Expo 2008 and will be featuring Diigo in his talk on April 2nd in San Diego. ERE Expo is the premier gathering for those in the HR / Recruiting / Sourcing industry. Broad range of the most recent and relevant issues currently affecting the global recruiting industry will be discussed.
In this session, O’Connor introduces you to Diigo, a site that allows you create your own database of candidates on line for free. Diigo was not created with the thought of recruiting in mind, but he explains how it can be a hidden gem for a few select recruiters and researchers in the U.S. who have been lucky enough to understand how to get the most of it. You’ll learn how to do Boolean searches across multiple search engines in just seconds. You’ll learn more about bookmarks and tags. You’ll learn how to create your own database of candidates online.
April 2nd, 1:30pm
A related quote from a recruiting specialist, Michael Marlatt, who is using Diigo extensively as he’s constantly sourcing for talent on from the web:
“Whether I am surfing the web, sourcing for resumes or conducting competitive intelligence, Diigo allows me to quickly capture relevant data, create annotations, keep it all organized, easily retrievable, simultaneously share (real-time) content with my team, and oh by the way I can do this without my personal computer from anywhere in the world. The days of simply book-marking favorites in a browser (old-school) and creating “bookmarklets” is definitely not efficient. This is especially true if you have 100’s (if not 1000’s) of favorite sites stored in your current browser. Diigo has vastly simplified how I maintain and share content from the web.”
We’re glad to hear that people are discovering ways that Diigo makes their lives easier everyday. Indeed, Diigo is not merely just another bookmarking, web annotation, etc, etc. tool and site. It is designed very much with research and productivity in mind, as it actually arose out of our personal needs to read and digest large amount of information online and the need to share thoughts and interact on those information. For those browse or consume a lot information on the web, we believe they will find Diigo quite indispensable.
It’s fantastic that more and more people are sharing their Diigo experience in workshops / conferences across various disciplines and industries! If you’re going to be at ERE Expo and you would like to see Diigo in action, then drop by Tim’s discussion this Wed afternoon!
One concern of Diigo 3.0 users we hear about is this: ” I already have trouble keeping up with all the other social networks such as Linkedin and Facebook. Why should I maintain yet another social network on Diigo?”
First of all, it is completely ok to be anti-social on Diigo. In this “anti-social mode”, Diigo as simply a great research tool that can really enhance your productivity ~ it is the best web bookmarking and annotation tool you will find. No other social network can make the same claim.
Second, and more importantly, most of the “social” things happening on Diigo do not require any extra effort from you — they are just there to augment your information discovery and sharing. Say for example, you are now browsing the web to learn more about the subject of elearning. You found a few resources on the subject, which you annotated and tagged “elearning”, and now reviewing your findings by the tag “elearning”, you see that you can also view the popular and most recent resources on e-learning from the entire Diigo community. You can also see who are the top contributors on this subject, and what groups are interested in this subject. You can then add these top contributors as your friends or to your watch lists so you will automatically get the latest information they find on elearning. Think of how powerful a “knowledge filter” this aspect can be given the quality of content searched.
If you choose to invite some friends to Diigo, you can keep in touch with them without any extra effort. You will automatically see what their latest interests are from their most recent public bookmarks, which of course can also be an excellent source of information for you. If any associate makes any comment on pages you also bookmarked, you will be notified, giving you a chance to learn their opinion and interact with them as you choose.
In a sense, Diigo is more like “unintentional social networking” that requires minimal effort, as opposed to “intentional social networking” such as Linkedin and Facebook, which do require a lot of effort to maintain. Diigo simply integrates people and knowledge seamlessly making socializing a choice rather than a condition.
We appreciate how “precious” everyone’s computer desktop space is. Some people are even reluctant to install any browser extension / toolbar because of that concern. So we have made our toolbar quite flexible. Below we use Firefox to illustrate the many ways the Diigo toolbar can be customized. Customization with Internet Explorer is somewhat different, but equally versatile.
The default look of the Diigo Toolbar is as follows:
If you think this is taking too much of your screen space, you can customize it in many ways.
You can have as many or as few Diigo buttons as you need on your desktop. Just pick and choose which button(s) you need by going to Diigo toolbar (Diigo >> Options >> Toolbar & Menu >> Select toolbar Buttons):
Completely hide the Diigo toolbar (go to View >> Toolbars) and only use the context menu and content selection menu.
Merge the Diigo toolbar with another toolbar. For example, Go to View >> Toolbars >> Customize, and then drag the bookmark toolbar items onto the Diigo toolbar, and then hide the bookmark toolbar. See below.
In fact, you can save more screen space by removing the built-in search box and merge the rest of the navigation bar to the top bar, and then hide the navigation bar, resulting in the following set-up that is extremely compact and handy
You can also drag any of the buttons on the Diigo toolbar and move them to other bars, then hide the Diigo toolbar. In the screenshot below, the Diigo button is moved to the top bar, and the Diigo toolbar is hidden
With the launch of Diigo 3.0 to rave reviews, some people also wonder if Diigo has become too social, too “facebookish.” Regarding this concern, we would like to make the following points:
Facebook is about “who you know”, while Diigo is about “what you know”. Diigo is a community centered around information and knowledge sharing – all social features in Diigo are designed to serve the purpose of better collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
Facebook connects people based on their existing relationships and affiliations, while Diigo connects people based on common interests in information and content.
Diigo gives users broader latitude in terms of “being social” or not. At one extreme, you can be completely “anti-social” and use Diigo mainly as a research tool for personal productivity — surely you cannot be completely anti-social on Facebook! Diigo provides users with many options on how to share information with others and how to get information from others and the community, involving varying degrees of effort and intrusiveness. This point has been explained very well in a recent blog post at ehub.
Bottomline? Diigo is a new kind of social network centered around information and knowledge, and is perhaps best referred to as a “social information network“.
Diigo is evolving and innovating rapidly. So stay tuned, as lots more exciting things will be forthcoming!
PS: In this new V3 release, we do provide a Facebook widget. For those who have a Facebook account, click here to check it out!
If you’re in a hurry, the Diigo toolbar offers the “One-Click Save” button. Some of you may wonder “what happened to the “QuickD” button in the old toolbar? Well, here are a few changes we believe will help improve the usability:
The “One-Click Save” button now serves two purposes:
It replaces the QuickD button in the previous version. Clicking the “One-Click Save” button while visiting a website will automatically save the bookmark to your “My Bookmarks” section without the usual Bookmark pop-up window. The default tag is currently set as “no-tag“. (Tip: all bookmarks tagged under “no-tag” can be easily pulled up in your “My Bookmarks” section » use the “Untagged” tab for batch editing at a later time.) You can also change the default tag for the “One-Click Save” operation by setting it under the Bookmark button » “One-Click Save Options”
Bookmarking Icon Status
If you have already bookmarked a webpage, a red bookmark will appear.
(Tip: any annotation changes will now be reflected on the “Comment” icon as well as on the new sidebar.)
Also, a related topic: there is now a better way to view a “Filtered bookmark list” in the new sidebar vs. the previous version. We will cover that topic in a separate Tip in this series.
The completely re-designed Diigo toolbar now offers a more intuitive user interface for beginners and lots more power features for advanced power users as well. We hope we’ve struck a nice balance for all. And of course, don’t forget to check out the new awesome sidebar within the new toolbar (more tips to come soon.)
Before we begin, please make sure you’ve installed the latest toolbar from the Diigo toolbar download page… Although our system should auto-update if you have previously installed an earlier version of the diigo toolbar, you can double check whether you have the latest one by looking up your toolbar version # (in toolbar: Diigo >> Help >> About) against the version number on the main Diigo toolbar download page.
Note: a few users have reported sign-in problem. Most likely it’s due to the fact that somehow your system prevents a proper auto-update. If that’s the case, we’d recommend that you re-install the latest toolbar. You should be in good shape after the re-install. If not, please let us know.
Now, the Diigo button: with the right pull down menu, the new Diigo button allows you to easily access all important areas of Diigo. Here are few changes from the previous version:
This replaces the earlier version of the Diigo button that carried out dynamic functions. Each function now has its own button for a more intuitive user experience. We will elaborate more on each of the functions in other tips in this series.
Once the Diigo toolbar is installed, much of the functions can also be conveniently accessed through the context menu (also known as the right-click menu). The context (right-click) menu is also more streamlined compared with the previous version:
When you’re ready to bookmark a page, right-click, and you will see “Bookmark this page” to Diigo.
If you select a block of text then right-click, you will then see “Highlight” and “Highlight and Bookmark“
Of course, don’t forget about the sometimes overlooked, but very, very useful diigo “Content Selection Menu” – which we will cover in a separate tip in this series.
Diigo V3 represents a re-launch of diigo.com. Both the website and toolbar are completely re-designed. Prior to the introduction of V3, Diigo was primarily a web annotation and social bookmarking tool. In addition to significant improvements of Diigo as a research tool, the new Diigo now facilitates a meaningful social information networkaround knowledge. It socializes the content that users save and annotate – building a community around information, topics, knowledge, and people, and enabling better ways for knowledge sharing and discovery.
Since there are a lot of new changes, we would like to assist you in exploring the new Diigo:
We will start a new series of “Tip of the day” posts. Many Diigo features are thoughtfully designed. Some may be subtle yet very powerful. This whole series of “Do you know…” will hopefully help our users / readers understand some basic functions as well as discover many wonderful things Diigo is capable of.
Should you also like to contribute and share your “Diigo Tips”, we welcome guest writers. Please drop us a note. Or, just directly do a blog post on your blog, then let us know, so that we can link to yours (and properly credit you, and hopefully bring traffic to your blog, of course
If you have specific questions, you are welcome to come visit our User Forum. Check out the “Topics Tags” or do a “full text search” (on the right) for what has been discussed previously. If you don’t find what you need, just make a new post. We will be glad to assist you.
The entire Diigo team is pleased to announce to our readers, and the rest of the world, the new Diigo Version 3 goes live today! In our passion to make Diigo the best in its class, we’ve added features, made our existing features easier to use, and come up with what we think you’ll find is an even more incredible platform than before. Before we give you a peek at all Diigo now has to offer, though, we want to thank each and every one of our users and fans, especially those who helped so much in our beta testing phase.
Thank you Diigo Community!
Despite all that we’ve done to make Diigo really useful, it wouldn’t be what it is today without every one of you. Your help, encouragement, suggestions, ideas, and even the bug reports all helped us make sure we stayed on the right track. We added tons of cool features & new innovations, but we needed you to help us make sure those features were easy to figure out and simple to use. So, in a very real sense, all of you who take an interest in Diigo are a valuable part of the Diigo team, and you have as much reason to be proud of today’s launch of Version 3 as we do.
Diigo puts the Social into Bookmarking
We’ve also made a lot of new friends, which, of course, is part of what Version 3 is all about, connecting with people through knowledge and common interests. From the beginning, Diigo has been about more than just social bookmarking, but with this version we also put a real emphasis on the “Social” in “Social Bookmarking” or “Social Annotation”. Social is a big buzz word these days. But different from the typical social networks, Diigo is going “social”, not just for the pure sake of being “social”. In fact, the uniqueness of Diigo’s new social features is the fact that you don’t necessarily need to have a lot of friends to begin deriving the benefits of Diigo. While our users can actively interact with other users if they choose, Diigo’s advanced algorithms and carefully thought-out UI design unobtrusively harness the power of the Diigo community for each individual user and give you the benefit of social information networking with no extra effort on your part!
Our goal was to enable our users to enjoy a greatly increased potential for meaningful and productive discussions anywhere on the Web, and to fully unleash the power of the “writable Web”. We have built upon Diigo’s foundation as a powerful personal research tool with features designed to improve the ease and productivity of collaboration within the office or even across continents to offer our users all the benefits of social networking without the drawbacks.
Harness Collective Wisdom
With every Diigo user tagging and annotating resources online, the Diigo community has collectively created a repository of filtered, annotated content on nearly every subject imaginable. In many cases, you may be able to find resources on a specific subject more quickly by searching Diigo than by using one of the major search engines. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain unique insight from the public notes and comments of others interested in the subject. Finally, our system recommends news and resources based on your personal interests. This makes it simple for you to keep up to date in any areas of special interest to you.
Share & Discover
When you find something interesting, funny or amazing on the Internet what do you do? You forward it to friends. Diigo offers several methods for sharing bookmarks and notes, so you can also keep in touch and connect with friends effortlessly. And, whenever you want to, Diigo offers multiple ways to help you find people with common interests as well. You can easily form your own community within the larger Diigo community, one focused on the ideas and issues you care about. Whether you hope to increase your productivity at work, promote a cause that is special to you, or just pursue a hobby or passion, a community of users dedicated to the same goal can help you.
You are what you annotate
Remember, you are what you annotate. The sites you find interesting, the public highlights and notes you leave, all these help show your interests and expertise. That helps you to connect with exactly those people who are most like you. Once you’ve found others who share similar interests, you can share resources, benefit each other, and make everyone’s life easier. In other words, Diigo provides social information networking through knowledge-sharing, letting you benefit in a real and practical way.
So with this new release, going beyond web annotation, social bookmarking, and existing social networks such as MySpace, Linkedin, etc, the new Diigo provides a uniquely knowledge-centric social network facilitating knowledge management, sharing and discovery, as well as building social connections and community through content and knowledge. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and we are excited about the possibilities. Going forward, we will relentlessly continue to innovate to make Diigo the best knowledge sharing and management platform for individuals, work groups, and companies.
How to start Diigo-ing
There is a lot to explore in the new Diigo. So make sure you check out our new intro video, what’s new, install the latest toolbar and check out the cool new sidebar, and of course, delve into the new site. Also if somehow you cannot find your favorite feature right away, don’t worry. It has probably been re-arranged somehow. Just check out our new Help section, or come join us in our user forum. Bugs reporting – we’ve tried hard to test through the system as thoroughly as possible. Please do let us know if we have overlooked something. Also, let us know your first impression, likes / dislikes, feedback and suggestion. Lastly, if you like what you see, make sure to help us spread the word!
That’s it for now. Enjoy! And thank you for your continued support to help us make Diigo better and better!