DIIGO is a social bookmarking website where users can do various actions such as bookmark a webpage to view at a later time, tag a webpage in a specific category, highlight specific portions of the webpage, and/or attach sticky notes to a part of a web page to share with a users and share with a person or groups of people that are also on the DIIGO site. DIIGO stands for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other Stuff.”
DIIGO can be utilized as a research tool and platform. Users with the DIIGO can highlight portions of the webpage, or images in the webpage that are of particular interest to the user, and then attach a sticky note to that part of the webpage. Unlike other websites with similar features, DIIGO’s highlights and sticky notes are “persistent” in that they stay on the webpage if the user leaves or shutdowns the computer. According to DIIGO’s website, users “can easily search, access, sort and share this collection from any PC or even iPhone.”
In addition to its research capabilities, DIIGO also allows many social networking features. Since DIIGO allows user to tag comments and highlight, other networkers can search for subjects and view if any other DIIGO users have tagged or made comments on web pages with that tag. Then, users can subscribe to the most recent and bookmarked items and write comments about them which other users can then read at a later time. In addition, DIIGO uses the bookmarks and your most recent page views to find trends in which you can select and read other similar websites in a particular topic. In addition, when the user is reading a page, the DIIGO sidebar feature allows the user to view who else has bookmarked this page, and other similar pages that the user has bookmarked. DIIGO writes, “you are what you annotate..”, in other words, a user’s personality and interests can easily be found by the types of web addresses that he or she uses, making DIIGO not only a powerful site for information and storage, but for social profiling and networking as well.
DIIGO can be a powerful source when employed in the classroom and teacher professional setting. Imagine that all of the students in your classroom have access to a computer and the internet. The amazing feature of DIIGO is that only one computer is needed for infinite amount of students to use the program. Since DIIGO remembers the users saved web content, any student can log into the same classroom computer and use DIIGO to save information on the website. In a professional setting, teachers can link with other teachers by utilizing the bookmark features of DIIGO that enable users to select preferences and show other DIIGO users that are looking at the same page. For example, a teacher viewing a website of chemistry lesson plans can link with other educators who have also viewed that page using DIIGO.
For more information see: http://www.diigo.com/
The DIIGO sidebar: