The method of creating outlines as a form of preparation before starting on a research paper, literature review, thesis, or any formal document where structure is important is a common practice. Almost every time you structure an outline of your thoughts and research before putting it into a formal document, the results will be better than if you skipped this process. This is the reason I want to share Diigo’s “Outliner” with you and show you how outlines can not only be used for written documents, but also for your online information.
This is an Outliner I created regarding strategic foresight. We are in the process of working with a consultancy specializing in strategic foresight, so research into this field was needed since we were not familiar with this specialization.
As most people do now, I started with a simple Google search for “strategic foresight”, This turned into many more searches, each one more specific than the last. During this process, I added the sites with relevant information into Diigo, and the sites that struck me as very informative were thrown into Outliner.
The text in the Outliner linked above is almost completely generated through the “convert” feature. What this does is it automatically converts the text you highlighted in any link you insert into Outliner directly into text structured under the web site link. Adjusting the structure and adding short notes were the only actions that needed manual input. This gave me a great overview of the best pieces of relevant information I found on the web in one document with simple access to the original links. I can also easily share it with anyone, like I’m sharing with all of you, through a share link within Outliner.
Feel free to check out my Outliner, or start your own over at www.diigo.com. We aim to make the process of organizing your online knowledge simple, Outliner is an important factor towards reaching this goal. Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.
You have probably heard of numerous online productivity tools during your online adventures. Websites such as Evernote, Workflowy, Wunderlist are a few that claim to save you time and increase your efficiency. A few of these sites have become quite popular and are widely used. However, most people do not use these tools much, if at all. While we don’t focus specifically on lists or note taking, our goal is to help you create your own online knowledge archive. What’s the benefit for someone to have a personal online knowledge library like Diigo?
If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried a productivity tool at some point. It might have been online or an app, but you didn’t stick to it due to not seeing immediate value from it. This is the most prominent issue we face as well. To build a library, you need to fill it with information that’s relevant to you, and organize it in a way that you can find the pieces of information you stored away easily and quickly. That’s what Diigo strives to achieve, providing you with a simple method to store all the important pieces of content you find online, organize it and be able to access it from any internet connected device. The ability to easily share parts of your collected content to friends or colleagues is also a huge part of our goal.
We live in a great time full of useful tech that’s begging to be used.
If your ventures and pursuits require a decent amount of research, or if you just can’t stop learning, give Diigo a try. Instead of trying to stuff all that information into your brain, stuff it into Diigo to streamline your workflow and have all your stored content on hand anywhere. I know there’s always a mini barrier when it comes to picking up a new tool, but tools are made to help you save time and increase efficiency when used right.
So stop filling your browser with links that you’ll never find again. Give Diigo a try and create your knowledge library today!
Diigo (pronounced dee’go) is an online platform with the goal of helping you create your own personal online knowledge library. Sounds pretty vague right?
Diigo is actually an abbreviation for “Digest of Internet information, Groups and Other stuff”. Yeah, I didn’t come up with the name. If it were up to me the name would have been something similar to other products in social bookmarking “when it was cool” like Delicious or Digg. The net overall has moved away from using social bookmarking as an SEO tool since the big G changed their algorithm and social bookmarking stopped being an effective way of increasing site rankings. This change also effectively killed many sites based on that function.
This is an aspect that differentiates Diigo from all the other sites though, as we are still fully operational and have tried our best to adapt to the ever changing needs of our users. I cannot call Diigo a startup, as we have been active for almost 10 years. We are a boot strapped company, and have never looked for external funding. We’ve never been acquired. We are not from Silicon Valley. We’ve had the same CEO this whole time, with team members that have been with us for 6+ years.
Some members of the tech community would consider a company in our position in “startup purgatory”. The way we look at it is that we really want to see our small vision of filling in what we view as a missing feature from the world wide web, “your own personalized layer of the internet”.
There are some sites now that are pursuing similar goals in terms of a personalized, annotated layer of the internet. Did you know this was a crucial part of the original vision the web was supposed to have? Some have made decent progress, more have kicked the bucket. Our goal is to evolve from “social bookmarking” to allowing users to easily create their own personal online information library.
This vision is what keeps Diigo going. Social bookmarking is still a big part of Diigo, Highlights and on-page notes are staple features in this product genre. More and more products are implementing an outline based platform for online information management. What we aim to achieve is bringing all these functions together into one, simple online learning platform. That’s why we are working on a complete revamp of our entire website/UI and adding features that meet users’ current needs. We know this has been long over due. We appreciate all of our users, old and new alike. Let me know what keeps you using Diigo, and what you would like to see us evolve into.
This creative article gives us a great example on how to use Twitter for the classroom through a “classroom Twitter account”.
You can improve on this by using Diigo’s Twitter integration to save and profile all the tweets your class sends out.
Check out the link below and also check out our blog viahttp://diigoblr.tumblr.com/ for how to integrate your Twitter account to Diigo.
Check out http://diigoblr.tumblr.com for an in-depth look on integrating your tweets to Diigo.
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