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

Multi-color highlights now available!

We have received numerous requests from users to allow multi-colored highlights on the same page. Well, we listen 🙂  and here is how to do it:

Use the Highlight >> pull down menu on toolbar (or use the right-click menu) to select preferred highlight color:

To change the color for a particular highlight,  first, mouse-over the highlight.  Then the “Highlight Menu” appears.  Scroll down and select a different color.

Here is what it looks like with multiple color highlights on a page:

Quite simple & handy. Give it a try!

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 🙂

Highlight, Annotate, Archive, Search, Share ~ Diigo ~ the best online research tool just gets even better: Diigo V4 is live now!

Diigo V4 launches today!  Needlessly to say, we are excited that V4 finally gets to say hello to the world!

In our passion to make Diigo the best in its class, we’ve added features, completely revamped the user interfaces, made existing features even 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,  the entire Diigo team wants to express our most sincere thanks to each and every one of our users and fans, especially those who helped so much in our beta testing phase, for your time, help, encouragement, suggestions, ideas, and yes, bug reports to help us shape Diigo where it is today.  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 4 as we do.

Thank you, Diigo Community!

Diigo V4 represents Diigo’s continuous effort and commitment to make Diigo the premium online research tool.  As many of you know, Diigo is not merely just another social bookmarking service or a web markup tool. We are developing Diigo to address our personal pain and to help users to better manage the process of discovering, processing, managing, and sharing online information more productively and effectively, so all the features are carefully thought out and seamlessly integrated with personal and team collaboration productivity in mind. We are passionate about making Diigo the best knowledge gathering and sharing platform for individuals, work groups, and companies, organizations, and educators alike.  And we are continuing our relentless pursuit of being a leading innovator in the space and making Diigo the best it can be!

So, what’s new in V4 (click to learn more)?   Building upon the strengths of Diigo V3, version 4 adds significant features, usability and flexibility:

  • New user interface — Users of version 4 enjoy an all-new web interface that reinforces Diigo as a powerful personal and team research tool. The three main areas — My Library, My Network and My Groups — relate to the key value propositions of Diigo: Research, Sharing, and Collaboration.  New display options — compact, standard and power edit — also make the rich feature set more easily accessible.
  • Snapshots on demand — The established approach to bookmarking is complemented by Diigo’s version 4’s new archiving capability to capture and archive entire web pages — even dynamic and password-protected content. For each snapshot requested (using the full Diigo toolbar in Firefox or Internet Explorer), an HTML version and screenshot are added to the user’s library, and all available versions are presented on a timeline.  This is like building a personal wayback machine of important webpages.   Some examples of uses for this new features are:  archiving of online receipts, promotional ads, client media outreach (for marketing and PR) archiving and reporting, and a wide range of time-progressive reporting of online data.
  • Improved search — Users now have a vastly improved search utility, which allows them to toggle between several modes in their libraries. Filtering by tags gives the most specific results, but users can also search by full text, by a combination of criteria (tags, annotations, and URL), or perform advanced searches with custom criteria. For more advanced searches, ten criteria are available. All in all, a highly effective toolset for finding data in Diigo — quickly!
  • Improved Annotations features and user interface – A new function allows users to turn their mouse pointer into a highlighting pen, which is now available in multiple colors so that groups or individual paragraphs can be easily differentiated. Also, improved icons for annotations, improved view annotation filters, and a new highlight menu, provide greater flexibility for Diigo users who prefer a custom approach to sticky notes.
  • Simple, powerful, learning networks — Users of Diigo 4 benefit from a streamlined and highly effective approach to bookmark-oriented networking with friends, collaborators and other people of interest. The old two-way approach to establishing a relationship is replaced by a single action: Follow. Within the resulting Network, a flow of bookmarks — including your own — provides a close to real-time view of the activities and interests of these people. Creation or annotation of any bookmark causes it to rise to the forefront in all associated networks. In any person’s network — not just your own — you can preview, filter by tag, add comments and more.
  • Group knowledge repositories and discussions — Version 4 greatly increases the capabilities of the Diigo platform for group knowledge and collaboration. Integration, filters, sort options, greatly improved support for tags, highly focused search results, group snapshots and other refinements make Diigo group work both productive and enjoyable.

For instance: imagine a group of corporate head hunters looking for job candidates on social networks. These Web “snapshots” can be gathered (even from behind passworded profiles) to aggregate a graphical list of candidates with their qualifications and etc.

  • Diigo meta — Annotated preview, bookmarking history with per-user tags, highlights and sticky notes, personal annotations, public annotations, public comments, tag cloud, and more. The Meta page appears by default when you browse the library of any other user. Other routes to Diigo Meta include the Share menu and the Snapshots page for a bookmark.
  • iPhone® application — users can now access their Diigo libraries from the iPhone and iPod touch®, plus download for offline browsing! (Coming soon ~ pending approval by App Store)
  • Other improvements — Diigo 4 brings a wide range of additional improvements including multi-word tagging, improved tag editing, smarter approaches to moderation, plus lots more!  We will try to highlight and showcase many of the new changes in future posts.

This version 4 release of Diigo is a substantial step towards making our service the premier web-based research tool. The collective power ingrained in the Diigo platform to collect, organize, archive, and share knowledge and process like never before, is now improved dramatically and positions Diigo and its users at the threshold of a new collaborative research and knowledge age.

Whether you are a consumer researching products to buy, an individual investor researching stocks on the Internet, a teacher gathering materials, a student group collecting information for a group project, a PR professional collecting client-relevant information, a recruiter scouting for talent, or a workgroup staying on top of competitive intelligence, Diigo can dramatically improve your productivity.

There is a lot to explore in the new Diigo. So make sure you check out our new Take A Tour (complete with V4 tutorial overviews), install the latest toolbar, and of course, delve into the new site.  You can also check out our new Help section (note:  new HELP is still under active construction.  If you’d like to help, love to hear from you!), or come join us in our user forum.  Ah, 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!

Sincerely,
The entire Diigo team

How to post bookmarks to Diigo on iPhone

We’ve done a very simple mobile app. Here are some tips for iPhone users:

How to access your Diigo bookmarks on iPhone
Visit http://m.diigo.com/user/yourusername

How to add bookmarks to Diigo on iPhone

1. Set up the “Post to Diigo” button http://www.diigo.com/tools/post_to_diigo or “Diigolet” button http://www.diigo.com/tools/diigolet in Safari or IE browser on your computer

Note:   “Post to Diigo” is for easy posting.  “Diigolet”  has the advantage of not jumping to another page, although other functions not working. The choice is yours.

2. Sync bookmarks with your iPhone. Follow the instruction by Apple: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386 If you experience problem in this step, try to remove all your bookmarks on iPhone, then, sync again.

3. When you browse through the web on iPhone:

  • Go to your bookmarks menu
  • Find “Post to Diigo” or “Diigolet” button
  • Click it to add bookmark to your Diigo account

Save bookmarks on your iPhone

Give it a try and let us know what you think.  There are a lot of new innovations on iPhone  / mobile apps. We’re continuing to push the envelop & cool new apps on their way… We’d also love to hear from you – drop us an email info [at] diigo to discuss your feedback / wishlist!

Wear your "Diigo Education Pioneer" Badge with pride :-)

With the release of the Diigo Educator Accounts, we have received lots of encouraging words, valuable feedback, and kind support from educators all over the world. Among the web 2.0 technologies, we believe that Diigo provides a unique collaborative research and learning platform that will be valuable in all aspects of information processing,  from discovering, digesting, organizing, sharing, collaborating to interacting, which are all essential skills for 21st Century workforce. This is only the first phase of our efforts to bring to education the powerful benefits of Diigo, and the work has just begun.

With all the interaction and kind help that we’ve received from the education community, we’d like to recognize those educators who are taking pioneering steps in getting their students and/or their peers started on collaborative research using Diigo’s powerful features. To express our appreciation, we’ve designed a “Diigo Education Pioneer” badge especially for you! Along with that, a big “Thank you”!

So, who gets to have this “Diigo Education Pioneer” badge?  Well, once your account has been approved for the education upgrade and you have started using and sharing Diigo with your students and/or colleagues in an educational setting,  you can get your own in your “Teacher Console” area >> Get Your Own Badge!
We have a whole array of nice looking badges to suit your own personal style 🙂

On your badge page, simply mouse-over and click to select the desired color badge, copy the HTML code, and then paste it to your website or blog template. That’s it!  Best of all, that’s a personalized badge – any visitor clicking your Diigo Education Pioneer badge will be able to visit your Diigo public profile. Cool, huh!

With the release of the first phase of Diigo Educator Accounts, we will continue to work with our education community to define the next phase of Diigo for Education, and explore the full potential of Diigo as an educational tool.

Get your account upgraded now and become a “Diigo Education Pioneer” today!

PS. A special thanks to Vicki Davis for the badge idea. We do value everyone’s input 🙂

Group Bookmarks Auto-Posting is now available!

Diigo groups are widely embraced by many work groups, interest groups and school classes for collaborative research.   From listening to our users’ feedback, we have now made it possible to automatically post group bookmarks to your blogs!

This “Group Auto Blog Post” feature will enable group member to automatically post your group bookmarks to your blog(s) daily or weekly – a super easy way to share your group’s findings with your blog readers!

Follow these steps to set it up:

  • As a group member, select “Group Auto Blog Post” function in the Group Menu (upper right hand corner of the group’s homepage).   And click  “Add Your Blog Post Job
  • Follow the instructions on the page for “Setting / Selecting a blog“, then  click “Add a new job
  • Fill in the form.  Select your group from the “Privacy / Source” pull down menu, and Submit.  That’s it!

While you’re at this,  you may also want to check out the “Group Badge

and “Group Linkrolls & Group Tagrolls” functions

All of these are great ways to help you publicize your group and share your group’s resources!  Give them a try and let us know what you think.

Announcing "Diigo Educator Accounts"

diigo educationFor the past several months, in consultation with dozens of educators, we have been researching ways to make Diigo more accessible to the education community, and to make Diigo a more integral part of collaborative learning in the school environment.

Today, we are happy to announce the release of Diigo Educator Accounts, a suite of features that makes it incredibly easy for teachers to get their entire class of students or their peers started on collaborative research using Diigo’s powerful web annotation and social bookmarking technology.

Specifically, once approved for a Diigo Educator Account

  • A teacher can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation)
  • Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums.
  • To protect the privacy of students, student accounts have special settings which only allow their teachers and classmates to contact them and access their personal profile information.
  • Ads presented to student account users are limited to education-related sponsors.

If you are an educator, you can go ahead and apply for a free Diigo Educator account now!

You can also check out FAQ and Getting Started tutorial for Diigo Educator Accounts.

Diigo Educator Accounts is only the first phase of our efforts to bring to education the powerful benefits of Diigo. Some early adopters of Diigo in education have these to say:

“Our diigo educators group has added so much to my professional learning as we can share bookmarks and use a standard set of tags for sharing.  I am very excited to now use this technology with my classroom in a protected space with my students, I appreciate Diigo’s willingness to invest in technology that makes teaching easier and gives us a personalized way to mark up and share our internet resources.”

Vicki A. Davis
Teacher & IT director,Westwood Schools
Top ranked Edublogger
Co-creator & awardees of numerous global Collaborative Projects
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“Diigo turns reading and research into a social activity.  Conversations emerge right on the page and spill over into the classroom.  Students love it.  They not only engage with the material, they engage with each other.”

Dr. Michael Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Kansas State University
Creator of the hit youtube video “The machine is us(ing) us”
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“I see all kinds of great educational applications for Diigo. One of the obstacles to using the Web for classroom research is the limited amount of time available for online classroom activities. And, since we specialize in technology use in the middle school grades, the slow reading pace of many of the students can also become an issue. Using the text highlighting combined with the sticky note feature, the students can be quickly guided to the most important information on a site, with a discussion starter or question posted on the sticky note. This is a groundbreaking tool in terms of the efficient use of the Web in a classroom setting… I did the demo this morning to 40 Mississippi teachers in a workshop, and it went off without a hitch. The teachers loved it. Next month some time, we would like to do a full-blown training session for our Technology Facilitators… Thanks for such a great product!”

Melanie M. Jenning
C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi
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Bob Wolf, of The Boston Consulting Group, and a researcher on the use of internet in public education recently commented: “We believe that Web2.0 technologies will define and be defined by the skill requirements of the 21st century workforce. It is time to understand whether models have emerged for using these tools that are superior to traditional classroom teaching alone and what are the best approaches for the practitioner to implement them.”

Among the web 2.0 technologies, we believe that Diigo provides a unique collaborative research and learning platform that will be valuable in all aspects of information processing,  from discovering, digesting, organizing, sharing, collaborating to interacting, which are all essential skills for 21st centuary workforce.

With the release of the first phase of Diigo Educator Accounts, we look forward to collaborating with leading educators to explore the full potential of Diigo as an educational tool. Going forward, we will continue to work with our education community to define the next phase of Diigo for Education. If you’re an educator, give it a shot. And, as always, love to hear from you and let us know what you think!

Quick Access Filter (new in toolbar!)

Have you ever wanted to get to all the websites you visit most often or access what you’re currently working on quickly?  Introducing a new toolbar feature along with the latest upgrade:  “Quick Access Filter“.   It offers a very flexible way to filter and access links based on 4 different filter types: 

  • Recent ~ your most recent bookmarks
  • Unread ~ ones that you marked unread during bookmarking for further review
  • Tag(s)  ~ show recent bookmarks with these tag(s)
  • List ~ show bookmarks in one of your lists

By clicking the “Add a filter” button (see circled above),  select a filter type and enter the criteria.  Once that filter is created,  click to get instant access to what you need right away.  You can even use “Open All in Tabs‘  to open up all webpages at once.

You can re-arrange the filter buttons by drag and drop.  To remove a filter, just right-click, and click the pop-out  “Remove this filter” to confirm the deletion action.

Lastly,  just like any of the Diigo toolbar buttons, you can access & customize what you need on the toolbar by opening up “Options” on the toolbar.  See here for more detail.

Please give the new “Quick Access Filter” a try, and let us know what you think.

(Note:   Quick Access Filter is available on the latest Diigo FF toolbar.   IE version will be forthcoming shortly.)

Add A Bookmark on Site / Diigo Simple Bookmarklet now available

While Diigo toolbar and Diigolet are powerful tools that substantially enhance your browsing / online research experience, here are two more new ways to let you to easily add a bookmark to your diigo account directly on the website:

“Add A Bookmark”:

Go to your “My Bookmarks” section and check the upper right hand corner, copy & paste the URL in the input field, then click “Add” . You will be prompted to edit any tag(s), description, and select the list / group (optional) that you wish to add. Click “Save”, and that’s it.

New “Post to Diigo” simple Bookmarklet:

For those who need to do some rapid bookmarking or a super easy way to get started bookmarking with diigo, then try the new bookmarklet on your “Tools >> Post to Diigo” section. Follow the direction on the page to drag and drop the button to your browser.