Diigo – An Awesome Personal Research Tool

February 7, 2011

Recently I have been focused on the cloud based bookmarking and notekeeping services such as Evernote and SpringPad. Everyday I find something new and this week I have been testing out another online service called Diigo. Now Diigo, as I soon found out, is not something new; but is new to me. As matter of fact Diigo has been around for approximately 5 years and actually started out as a social bookmarking service similar to Delicious. It has evolved into something very special and very powerful.

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Recently Diigo came out with a new beta version (V5.0) of their service, that in my opinion, is really making it shine. I currently have lined up on my PC, Delicious, Evernote, SpringPad and Diigo.  For the life of me, I keep going back to the beta of Diigo and have come to the conclusion that Diigo is now my go to app for gathering and storing information I find on the internet.

Here’s Why?

First off, it is more than your typical bookmarking service.  It is a conglomeration of various research utilities (in one package) that gives you the ability to collect and highlight information with powerful browser annotation and note keeping tools; the ability to remember, organize, tag and bookmark your information; and, the ability to share that information and knowledge with others in a knowledge sharing social network. To be honest with my readers, Diigo is one of the best personal research and bookmarking tools I have ever experienced. It is simplistic, loads fast and is just plain awesome (in my opinion).  It does not have all the eye candy that you may see with some of the other services, but it gets the job done and does it fast.

I think the favorite part of Diigo that I like the most is that any bookmarks that I have saved, there is a link, adjacent to the bookmarks that allows me to preview (load) the actual web page without leaving the Diigo site.

Diigo provides a browser add-on that can really improve your research productivity. 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. Unlike most other web “highlighters” that merely clip, Diigo highlights and sticky notes are persistent in the sense that whenever you return to the original web page, you will see your highlights and sticky notes superimposed on the original page, just what you would expect if you highlighted or wrote on a book!

Moreover, 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 – ones that are meaningful to you! You can easily search, access, sort and share this collection from any PC or even iPhone.

I encourage anyone who is into blogging, research, and information gathering to give this one try. Best part about Diigo is that you can sign up for a FREE account (which I use) or can go all out with a PREMIUM account (with more bells and whistles).

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A FREE and Simple Way to Bookmark Web Sites

November 20, 2010

The internet to me is like being on a treasure hunt where everyday there is a new treasure to be found.  As a computer and information technology blogger I use tools to dig up these treasures and store them for future use and reference. One such treasure, and tool, that I recently found is a bookmarking service called LinCut.

LinCut

I use LinCut, more or less as an utility, to quickly bookmark and grab any web sites that I come across that may contain information to be used for future articles on the blog. I know there are many, many other options out there for bookmarking, but LinCut I use as my harvesting tool due to the simplicity of the service.

LinCut is FREE, allows storage of unlimited bookmarks, requires no registration, is a one click service, and is easy to use.

If you want to give LinCut a try, visit the main site [HERE], and then drag (with your mouse) the LinCut Button to your browser’s bookmarks bar. Also, make note of the “Your LinCut Link”.  The “Your LinCut Link” is your own personal web address to get to your links. It is important to remember that link.

Once you have the LinCut Button on your browser’s bookmarks bar you simply click on the button anytime you desire to bookmark a web site that you are visiting. A dialog box similar to below will appear confirming that LinCut captured the site information. Click on “Save” and your site will be bookmarked at your personal LinCut site.

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Bookmarks4Techs – An Ongoing Experiment

September 9, 2010

If you haven’t visited Bookmarks4Techs lately, then you are missing out on a growing list of tech sites. As of the date of this posting, the site is currently listing 464 bookmarked links to computer and information technology sites across the internet. You can literally spend hours hitting these sites. Also posted are RSS feeds to some of my favorite blogs and sites. This will continue to grow, as well.

Another featured experiment is that I am tyring is randomly selecting articles, from the 464 bookmarked sites, on a daily basis and posting links to those articles under Random Tech News. I am hoping that I can get people to drop by to read the latest news from the random selection and to encourage site owners to place Bookmarks4Techs on their blogroll.

Bookmarks4Techs, I set up to encourage people to learn about information technology and computers.  If you want to learn what is going on out there, the bookmarked sites is a good place to start.

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A very cool Web 2.0 bookmarking Service – iterasi

February 18, 2009

I recently posted an article “What’s In Your Cloud?” about Web 2.0 and cloud computing.  If you have not read that article, I suggest that you do so.  Why?  Web 2.0 (cloud computing) services are being developed everyday and the article helps you to understand how these services or applications will work.  As a matter of fact, I am educating myself as I research many of the Web 2.0 services or cloud applications.  I am finding that there are many, many cloud apps out there right now.

One such cloud app that I recently came across, that in my opinion, is very cool.  It is called “iterasi”, a bookmarking service, that allows you to capture and save entire pages right from your browser.iterasi

Once a page is captured, it is archived in your account, in the state for which it was captured.  For example, with my current account, by using a bookmarklet tool that is provided, I can capture this page (article) to my account and keep it there as long as I want, even if this article is deleted or changed.  There is also a scheduling component built in that allows you to update the pages in your account.  Iterasi is currently in beta, but looks quite promising.  In my opinion, if you do any type of research, this is a must have tool. You can click on the graphic below to see a demo of iterasi in action.

iterasi demo

What is iterasi? (as described on the website).

With iterasi, you can save web pages exactly as you see them in your browser. This guarantees the article, receipt, review or recipe will be what it was a day, a week or a year later. Unlike bookmarks, which capture the address of a page, iterasi captures the page itself. With bookmarks there is no guarantee the page will be what it was when you saved it – or even be there at all. We archive the page in your private account on our servers where you can search and retrieve your saved pages anytime, from anywhere, forever. You can also share what you save with friends and colleagues, and search the iterasi Community for topics of common interest.
What can I do with iterasi?

Here are some of the things you may want to save and share with iterasi:
interesting articles
market research
blog posts
online receipts
a Facebook or MySpace page
travel itineraries and vacation plans
Google map directions
recipes
Why do I need iterasi?

Web pages change very fast. Links disappear or point to something unrelated to what you thought you had saved. Pages disappear completely. Or the content changes dynamically based on a number of variables (ever try to send a link from a travel site?). So much information is lost when you just save a link. That’s why you need iterasi. With iterasi, you are saving the page as it appears to you at that point in time. Don’t lose that specific page ever again.

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