Diigo’s Refocus Back to Annotation

DiigoFBadBanner

For the past few months, we have been hard at work on our website revamp. What started with the intentions of mainly updating our UI, made us take a step back and really consider what Diigo has evolved into after all these years and receive feedback from our users. After getting in touch with our cherished user base, we are beginning to plan our future direction. Here is a quick overview of the incoming changes. Please note that nothing is set in stone yet, and we will continue to evaluate all feedback from our users.

     When Diigo was created almost a decade ago, our goal was to provide our users with a simple platform to organize your online content and easily annotate web resources. While we have achieved these goals to some extent, we have allowed more and more features and functions to creep in along the way, resulting in an experience that may feel confusing or bloated, especially for new/casual users. Thus, we realized that we cannot clean up our UI without focusing on the functions that our users really appreciate and phasing out certain features that have strayed too far in other directions.

     A major change will be our movement away from ‘social’ aspects in Diigo. While we may have been swayed by the ‘social media movement’, at the end of the day Diigo has always been more of a personal platform. The ‘Discover’ section, including ‘networks’ and ‘communities’ will eventually be phased out. This section has always been very underused, yet takes a large amount of resources to maintain. This change will also simplify user profiles, which will focus mainly on each user’s public library, removing functions such as ‘follow user’, ‘public search’ and ‘message user’. This will allow us to focus on improving Diigo’s core experience.

     ‘Groups’ will also be evolving to the benefit of its main users, educators and enterprises. Almost all of our active groups have been focused on education or private content sharing within corporations, so groups will be evolving into ‘Diigo Teams’, which will also add specific functionality for each usage case.

    We will keep you updated on these changes as we approach our final direction, and would love to hear from you regarding these developments. Please leave your comments below or feel free to drop us a message via care@diigo.com.

    Thank you for your continued support of Diigo. With your support, we can make Diigo better for you.

 

Posted in Diigo blog | 33 Comments

Should Diigo Retain Social Aspects?

 

社交banner

When Diigo was released ten years ago, our goal was to provide a social bookmarking/annotation service which would serve our users in two ways:

  • To provide the best online bookmarking/annotation tool assisting our users’ reading and research online.
  • The second is to leverage our users’ collections to create a social knowledge network to provide insight on what their friends and people with similar interests are reading.

Fast-forward to present day, Diigo has accomplished the first goal reasonably well, and through continuous improvement, we have maintained our leadership as the most popular and feature rich online bookmarking/annotation service in the world. Our goal to become a social knowledge network however has clearly been eclipsed by social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Quora.    

Therefore, ten years later, we are at a major crossroad with a huge decision to make.  Should we forgo our aspiration to be a social knowledge network, and remove all social features?

As our social functions are some of the least used portions in Diigo, yet require constant maintenance, this would allow us to focus on providing the best personal online annotation/research platform for our users.  

As always, we would love to hear from you, our cherished users, and take your input into consideration.  If you do use some of Diigo’s social features, let us know which specific ones you would like to keep or see enhanced.

Posted in Diigo blog | 70 Comments

Diigo Extension for the new Firefox

Our Diigo browser extension for the new Firefox is now updated and live!

You can find it on the offical Firefox addon collection at:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/diigo-web-highlighter-and-stic/

Sorry for the delay, thanks for your support!

Posted in Diigo blog | 3 Comments

Notice: Diigo ‘Message’ removal

In an effort to focus our resources to our website upgrade, we will be removing the ‘My Messages’ function from Diigo by the end of February. 

The ‘My Message’ function has been rarely used, and does not fit in with our future plans for Diigo as a personal and collaborative research platform. This, along with the plethora of messaging platforms available, results in this function being phased out. 

We apologize if you have come to like this function, please understand that we will be bringing many more benefits with our upgraded site very soon

Thank you for your continued support of Diigo!

Posted in Diigo blog | 3 Comments

How to put Diigo Outliner to good use!

coolcatteacher

Check out this great guide from ‘coolcatteacher’ on how to use Diigo Outliner to boost your productivity in the classroom or your research studies.
Have you started any Outliners before?
Let us know how you feel about it and how we can make it even better!


http://goo.gl/cQGeCA

Posted in Diigo blog | 17 Comments

Diigo PDF Annotator has received a major update!

pdf annotator

We have made big adjustments to our PDF annotation toolbar. The bar has been simplified and given a more modern, simple look to allow you to focus on the content. Features on the toolbar have also been streamlined to provide just the right amount of functionality for PDF review and sharing.

The issue with PDF annotations not showing spaces between words in the annotation menu on certain PDF files has been fixed. Annotations will now show in their intended format. This improvement has been long due, however the complexity and amount of development to resolve this issue was substantial. We think you will be quite pleased with the result of our work.

Before Update:

pdfbug 1

After Update:

pdfbug 2

We have also made the process of selecting text in PDFs more precise and intuitive. Text selection no longer requires pinpoint control, and will not jump to another section in certain cases as on our prior version.

Overall, these changes and improvements will help you get the most out of your PDF research and sharing. If you are new to Diigo, or haven’t had the chance to try our PDF Annotator, feel free give it a try. Most in-depth research documentation and information depositories are offered in PDF format. Get the most out of your research by adding highlights and notes directly to the document, and share the knowledge easily through Diigo, your learning, simplified.

Posted in Diigo blog | 23 Comments

Social Media Bookmarking

SMB banner

We are proud to introduce ‘social media bookmarking’, the newest integration into Diigo.

This is the age of social media platforms. The way we consume information from the internet has evolved, and so has Diigo.

Just about everyone is on a couple social media platforms, whether to consume or share online content. Managing all your favorite pieces of information throughout all these platforms and apps becomes very difficult once you are using a few sites together. In the case of heavy social media users, the task of managing all this content becomes overwhelming.

Social media bookmarking from Diigo helps you store, find and organize all your favorite pieces of content from these platforms all in one place; your Diigo library.

Connect the platform or your choice to your Diigo account, and your ‘likes’ and ‘favorites’ will automatically be sent to your Diigo library. Default tags can be added to saved content from each separate platform, or you can add/edit them manually from your library. From your library, you can also easily add them to Outliners for further organization, or share them to your Groups directly.

Setup a free Diigo account and give social media bookmarking a try! All Diigo accounts can connect one social media platform for free, while upgraded accounts can connect all the platforms we support simultaneously.

https://www.diigo.com/aggregation

Many more platforms are planned to be added for Diigo integration. Check out our currently supported platforms below!

Twitter – ‘Favorite’ a tweet to send it to your library

Pocket – Choose between ‘favorite’, specific tag/s or ‘all’ for what to send to your library

Instapaper – Choose between ‘favorite’, a specific folder, or ‘all’ for what to send to your library

Github – ‘Star’ a repository to send it to your library

Stack Overflow – ‘Favorite’ a question to send it to your library

Youtube – ‘Like’ a video to send it to your library

Tumblr – ‘Like’ a post to send it to your library

Posted in Diigo blog | 11 Comments