Getting started in Diigo

a pdf version dated 27/4/10 of this documentation is available -

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
and click on the green JOIN NOW button.
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 LIBRARY.
Here you see your latest bookmarks and your tags and lists.
Take some time to explore the other tabs - MY GROUPS and MY NETWORK will be populated as you connect with others.

TO gain full functionality of Diigo it is vital to download the browser toolbar. Go to the TOOLS link in the top right of the screen (when you are in the settings or profile areas) and download the Diigo Toolbar for the browser you are using. You DO need to do this on each computer you use. It’s a simple process but you may need someone with network admin rights to install.

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The browser based toolbar is the easiest way to bookmark sites etc. It will show (as below) when you open your browser.
The main purpose of the Toolbar however is to enable annotations and sticky notes.

If you do not have the toolbar installed 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.

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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.
Click on FRIENDS in the top right of the screen.
Here you can invite or search for friends and colleagues.

You can also create or join GROUPS with a specific focus.
Click on the MY GROUPS tab and either 'create a group' OR enter a topic in the search box and select the Groups option from the drop down list.
You can invite people to Groups you create. There are a range of access and permissions possible depending on your needs.


Exporting your Diigo bookmarks and sharing with existing networks

Of course 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.

Bookmarking sites using Diigo

When you are at a website that you wish to bookmark, click on BOOKMARK in the toolbar (outlined above).
A window will open where you can enter a description, set your bookmark to public or private, take a snapshot of the site, send the bookmark to Twitter, add tags etc.

At the bottom of the window you can direct your new bookmark to one or more of your Groups or Lists with a comment if you wish, and then click SAVE.
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.

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Annotations and Sticky Notes

Once a site has been bookmarked you are able to add highlights and annotations via sticky notes. You can make these private or viewable to others.

Lists

Diigo Lists allow you to organize and display specific collections of bookmarks.
Lists can be viewed via a slideshow.