Diigo 3.0 is Live!

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!

The entire Diigo team