Xmas theme is up! Happy holidays to everyone!

As 2009 is heading to a close, we want to take a moment to thank all the Diigo fans for your kind support and share some holiday cheers.

Just put up a Xmas theme up on the site. Hope you enjoy it!

We wish you the best and brightest holiday season and look forward to another great year ahead.

Warm Regards,
Your Diigo Team

Best Web sites for Teaching and Learning

Diigo has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as one of The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list of ‘tools and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning.’

Diigo is listed in the Organizing and Managing Category:

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner:

* 2.1.2 – Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
* 2.1.4 – Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
* 3.1.4 – Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess.

We’re honored to be recognized by this organization and community, and support the vision they’ve set forth in the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. If you are not aware of Diigo’s education account phase I, make sure to check it out. To learn more about proper role of technology in education, check out more detail here >>

"Save to Diigo" Google Chrome extension beta V1.0.1 is out

Say hello to our very first Google Chrome extension: “Diigo bookmarks“. It allows you to save bookmarks to Diigo (& delicious) with simple one-click.

Once you have updated to the latest Chrome browser beta that supports extensions, get your Diigo Chrome extension here >>

When installed, a small d icon will be added to the toolbar (near Location bar). This first release features bookmarking function with simple one-click!

* URL & Title captured
* Tag & Description Edit
* Privacy setting
* Mark “Unread” to read later

Even if you are not a Diigo user yet, you can start signing in with your Twitter/Facebook/Google/Yahoo/OpenId to get started.

For more detail, please visit our download page >>

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the features you might be familiar with on Diigo aren’t available yet or possible in the current Chrome extension architecture (such as a downloadable toolbar similar to FF or IE add-ons, right-click menu, etc), but we’re working to make it better as we go. We will continue to think outside the box. We will also pay attention to make our Chrome extension(s) fast & really awesome. Stay tuned for new updates soon!

PS. We’re so pleased to see so many awesome user comments and know that our team’s hard work is indeed making a difference. Do help us out by giving us good reviews. Thanks for everyone’s enthusiasm and kind support!

Create a new Diigo List on the fly

Diigo’s “List” is a great way to organize, share and display specific collections of bookmarks (For those not familiar with this feature, click here to Learn more >>)

What if sometimes you find a good webpage and inspire you to start a new list collection, but you don’t have a good list created yet to archive that page? No problem. We’ve just added a new feature in FF toolbar (FF Version 4.1.0.18) to make your research process flow even easier:

You can now create a new list on the fly while bookmarking. Here is how:

1) Click the Bookmark button on toolbar to open up the bookmarking window
2) Check the “Add to a list” box. Use the pull-down menu to select “Create a list

3) Enter new list name, select privacy for the list, click “Create“, then “Save

This new process enables you to create a new list, and add whatever page you’re reading to the new collection on the fly. Make sure that you have the latest Diigo FF toolbar installed. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

PS. Diigo IE toolbar will support this new feature very soon. Stay tuned.

TigerLogic Corporation Releases Yolink 3.1 With Google Docs and Diigo Integration

TigerLogic Corporation (Nasdaq: TIGR) just released Yolink 3.1 version with tight integration with Diigo for “Save and Share”: http://www.yolink.com/yolink/press/31_PRESS_RELEASE.pdf

Yolink is a great search tool that gives users the ability to quickly view detailed information that is hidden ‘one-level deep’ behind search results or the links of any website, as well as e-books and text.  Together, we think that Yolink and Diigo are highly synergistic, making a perfect one-two punch that can dramatically improve one’s research productivity.  Check out the combo!

Tip of the day: new "Diigo + Google" search box

We have implemented some new changes to the toolbar search box.  As you start to type a word in the search box in the toolbar, the new “Diigo + Google” search will smartly auto suggest keywords from your diigo “My Tags + Search History” plus “Goolge Suggest“:

Your search result is displayed in two columns:  Google search result on the left, and result from your “My Diigo library” and Diigo community library on the right.

To access this search and other new toolbar features, make sure to get our latest toolbar installed (FF Version: 4.1.0.14 or IE Version: 4.0.2) at the Diigo Tools section: http://www.diigo.com/tools

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Note 1:   some users may have the search box setting hidden.   If you don’t see the search box on your toolbar,  here is how to enable it:

  • Go to toolbar:   Diigo >> Toolbar options

  • Under “Select Toolbar Buttons”, make sure the “Search” box is checked.  Click Ok to save the setting

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Note 2:  the “Multi-Category Search & Customized Search Menu” is being disabled in our latest toolbar version (click those 2 links to learn more.) Since currently there are only very few users taking advantage of that particular feature but it’s quite troublesome for us to maintain the ongoing support,  we’re re-evaluating to phase it out.   As with any software service provider, there are a lot of backend computing considerations and we always have to weight out the pros vs. cons for various features support.

During the evaluation period, for those users who still want to have access to the Customized Search feature, please install this “classic version” instead: http://www.diigo.com/tools?version=firefox_classic    Meanwhile,  if you feel strongly that we should consider keeping this feature, please email and share with us more feedback on how you use it and ways that you think we can improve it.   Thanks!

Sign in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, OpenID account

Diigo team takes pride in our attention to detail to constantly innovate and improve your user experience. To make the sign-in / create new account process even easier for our users,  we’ve just implemented additional support for Facebook, Twitter, Google Yahoo, other OpenID account ID.   So now you can log into Diigo using any of your existing account credential:

Once you sign in with other account credential,

1) if you already have an existing diigo account, we can associate those 2 accounts together,  OR

2) if you don’t have a diigo account yet, we can auto-create a new diigo account for you:

After associating your other credential with your Diigo account, you will be able to login with your Facebook/Twitter/Googl ID/Yahoo ID.

Btw, another frequently requested feature:  “can I change my username?”   Yes, now you can!  Login first then visit https://secure.diigo.com/setting to change your diigo username and/or password  (note: min 6-character username restriction still applies.)

New favicon design ~ d for Diigo

Diigo V4.0 UI has been completely revamped to focus Diigo as a powerful tool and platform for research, sharing and collaboration. As we will continue to share more tips with you on many of the new features and design changes,  you may have noticed that Diigo’s favicon has also been redesigned.  It’s now a streamlined “d”  for diigo.

You will start seeing the new favicon in many places.  Stay tuned…

New! Highlighter Pen function

Along with the new V4 version release,  Diigo annotation features went through another round of new enhancements.  Here is another cool new feature called “Highlighter Pen

If you like to highlight several paragraphs on a page quickly, besides the usual highlight feature, another way to highlight with Diigo is to turn your mouse into a highlighter pen (very cool when you demo this):

  1. Click the Highlight button on toolbar (without selecting text first).  When the highlighter pen is enabled, that Highlight button will become a Highlighter to indicate its status change.
  2. You will visually see your mouse becoming a “highlighter pen”.  Use the pen to mark up area(s) that you’d like to highlight on a webpage.
  3. When you are all done with highlighting on a page, make sure to click Highlight button again to disable the highlighter pen action

Here is a short video showing the Highlighter Pen in action: http://bit.ly/85Owyw

Tip of the day: Diigo Snapshot ~ create your personal wayback machine!

Archive pages forever and make them searchable, too

The new Diigo Snapshot is a very powerful feature that you have got to give it a try!

When you bookmark a page to Diigo, you can choose to upload the page and capture a snapshot, even if it is dynamic or hidden behind the password protection.  If you are interested in seeing how a page changes over time, you can also capture multiple versions of the same URL at different times, ie. snapshots, of moments in time.

Cool features:

  • Bookmark and capture a snapshot of a page — including dynamic and password-protected content.
  • Archive multiple versions of the same URL ~ snapshots, of moments in time.
  • Snapshot available in both webpage (html) and screenshot (picture) formats.
  • Other online file formats such as PDF, Word (under IE browser), etc can also be archived.
  • Diigo 4.0 now enables you to search your entire Library, including archived items

Snapshot ~ it is best suited for important or temporary / dynamic pages that you really want to keep track of, and also for pages that are behind password.   Archiving dynamic web pages makes bookmarking so much more useful. For example, you can now archive your online receipts, or that promotion ad you see. Or,  you can archive your stock portfolio periodically so you can easily see how it evolved over time.

To try it, all you need to do is to check “snapshot” box when you add a bookmark via Diigo’s Firefox or IE toolbar:

Once saved,  you should see the snapshot in your library within seconds to few minutes or so.  When you see the snapshot camera icon appears, click it to view the snapshot page:

The side panel will show you the snapshot history sorted by date and format type:

Check it out and see how easy it is to build your own “personal wayback machine”, the way you want it 🙂