Getting started in Diigo


Introduction to social bookmarking

"Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata." (Source: Wikipedia)
Social bookmarking tools allow you to save links to favourite sites online instead of to your browser. By saving the bookmarks online and adding tags and descriptors you are able to share these favorites with others.

Social bookmarking resources

Bookmarking in Plain English - video guide
7 Things you should know about social bookmarking

Diigo background information

(from Diigo site)
Diigo (pronounced as Dee'go) an abbreviation for "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff." is a research and collaborative research tool on the one hand, and a knowledge-sharing community and social content site on the other.

It’s a Social Information Network (SIN) where information consumption, research, and sharing is central, and where the connection between people and people, between people and information, and between information and information, are exploited and harnessed to improve knowledge sharing and content discovery, and to enable more meaningful social connections and intellectual exchanges.

As you read on the web, instead of just bookmarking, you can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you. You can also attach sticky notes to specific parts of web pages. All the information -- highlighted paragraphs, sticky notes, and the original url -- are saved on Diigo servers, creating your personal digest of the web, your own collection of highlights from the web. You can easily search, access, sort and share this collection from any PC or even iphone.

Diigo enables effective collaborative research. You can easily share your findings, complete with your highlights and sticky notes, with friends and colleagues. A project team can create a group on Diigo to pool relevant resources, findings and thoughts together.

With every Diigo user tagging and annotating pages online, the Diigo community has collectively created a wonderful repository of quality content, filtered and annotated by the community, on almost any subject you may be interested in. For example, if you would like to find popular resources on e-learning, searching Diigo can probably get what you want in less time than using search engines, and you may also gain insights from other users. You can find and subscribe to the most recent or most popular bookmarks under any set of tags.

Setting up your account

Head to the Diigo website -http://www.diigo.com
If you are at your own computer install the Diigo Toolbar by clicking on the Green button. You can do this later if you are not via the TOOLS link.
Click on JOIN DIIGO button in the top right of the screen.
You’ll be asked to provide a username, password and email address.

Once you have joined Diigo and you log in you will be taken to your MY LIBRARY page.
Here you see your latest bookmarks, tags and an alternative place to add new links.

Establishing your profile

NB - If you are operating on Govt Dept computers this area may be blocked and will need to be completed at home
Click on PROFILE in the top right of the screen and then on the EDIT PROFILE button
You should take a little time to add information to your profile so others know who you are, and upload an image for yourself.

Adding a bookmark

a) Using the browser based toolbar

The browser based toolbar is the easiest way to bookmark sites etc. It will show (something like below) when you open your browser.

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When you are at a website that you wish to bookmark, click on BOOKMARK in the toolbar.
A window will open where you can enter a description, set your bookmark to public or private, send the bookmark to Twitter, add tags etc. (see below)
At the bottom of the window you can direct your new bookmark to one or more of your Groups with a comment if you wish, and then click SAVE.

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b) Bookmarking directly into the Diigo site

You can also copy and paste the selected URL into the Diigo site. From your Library page look for the ADD A BOOKMARK frame at the base of the right hand column. Make sure you add your bookmark to your selected group/s.

Other features

Using the comment and highlight functions of the toolbar you can also highlight areas of text on the page (public or private) and add floating sticky note comments that only you, everyone, or a particular Group will see when they visit the site.

Importing your existing bookmarks

If you already have a presence in another bookmarking site like del.icio.us you can import all your existing data including tags into Diigo
For del.icio.us users – go to your del.icio.us account – SETTINGS - and select ‘export/backup’ from the Bookmarks menu.
Click on EXPORT TO HTML and bookmarks will be saved to a location on your hard drive.

Now go to the Diigo website, click on the down arrow next to your username on the right of the top blue toolbar. Select the TOOLS option.
Click on IMPORT BOOKMARKS, select your current tool and BROWSE for the location of the html file you saved for del.icio.us
The import may take quite some time if you have a lot of bookmarks!

Finding friends and joining or forming Groups

As a social information network Diigo is all about connecting with other people.
From your dashboard, click on INVITE FRIENDS
You can either import or type in email addresses to send an invitation.

On the MY GROUPS page you can search for Groups to join by entering a term in the search box
Or set up your own group and invite people to join.

Exporting your Diigo bookmarks and sharing with existing networks

You may already be part of social networks that you want to share your Diigo bookmarks with.
Diigo allows you to Twitter your new bookmarks and also offers a Facebook application that enables you to show and share your and your Diigo friends' bookmarks on your Facebook Account.
You can also continue to save your new bookmarks back to del.icio.us (just in case you change your mind eh!) via TOOLS in the drop down menu next to your username on the site.