This summit is all about social media So, let me start by showing “The Conversation Prism” – this is a very interesting visualization map that shows the rapidly evolving landscape for social tools, services, and networks. In this social economy, knowledge & relationships are the new currency. Participating in online conversations & the relevant community is critical in competing for the future.
Using Diigo, you can use these techniques as you read the web! And lots more!
For the following discussion, let me focus on diigo as aground-breaking research tool for both individuals and groups. As with any good product, it always starts with “what’s the pain” ? As more info reside on the internet, more effective information research and tools are required to manage all these info. For many people, it’s still easier to read & remember things if you can interact with the text in some way. Problem is, even with many existing online tools, you still couldn’t write on screen. If you do “Search” or even bookmark, it was still hard to find things again – even when you had help. As your bookmark folders pile up, you often don’t remember why you bookmark something in the first place. You had to read long pages … to find the sentence you wanted.
So what does Diigo offer?
Diigo allows you to add digital highlights and interactive sticky notes
Anywhere, and on any webpage,
as seen in this demo. ^^ Select any text or picture to highlight. ^^^ You can also add a sticky note tied to that highlight and add your comment. This is what we call “in-situ” web annotation, meaning right on the page. or you can add a note and move it anywhere on the page, and absolutely positioned. You can follow up on existing sticky notes or add new ones as you wish.
These highlights and sticky notes are persistent and accessible from anywhere, meaning they will always be there when you revisit the page, from any computer, ^ wherever you are.
In a sense, Diigo has made the entire web into a writable media -- you can mark and write anywhere,
Just, like, on paper.
Well, it is better, in many ways.
Now, let’s zoom into the “social bookmarks” category - Social Bookmarking and Social Annotation is one of a few social media services that can really bring better productivity to every online users, for managing, processing, sharing and discovering information. The core part of the service is an online personal information management (PIM) system, where you can save and organize your online findings on the web so that you access them from any computers, and share them easily. The “social” aspect is 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.
First of all, your highlights naturally and automatically become clips
which then allow you to compile clips and notes on any given subject in one place with no additional effort
You can search these bits of information in all sorts of ways, by tags, in full-text, in titles, or in highlights etc etc, and the scope can be myself or someone specific or the whole community
Another way that digital highlights and sticky notes are better than paper is that you can choose to make them private, public, or shared with specific people or groups, so you can point out key bits of information to one another and conduct detailed discussions within context. This makes Diigo not only a powerful research tool, but an unique collaboration tool.
To share these bits of information, you can send multiple clips across multiple pages to others in one batch. Moreover, instead of just links, the recipients will see your highlights and notes nicely extracted as shown in bullet points. They will also see them right on the original pages. Best of all, the recipients don’t even need to install anything.Note: insert video “forward” here
Another way to share and collaborate is to create a group to pool your brains and research together with group bookmarks ^ group highlights ^ and group sticky notes. This is especially useful for teams or a class that consume a lot of information together.
Note that each of the group sticky notes allows interactions – they are like threads in forums, allowing detailed discussions within context.
Diigo groups offer some of the most powerful tagging and collaboration features. For example, an unique diigo feature is our “Group Tag Dictionary” - It allows a group manager to pre-define a set of groups tags as \"recommended group tags\" to improve tagging consistency. These \"recommended group tags\" will automatically show up each time this group is selected in the bookmarking window. So it’s perfect for teachers to guide students for a more structured learning.
You can also easily blog about anything you find.
With one click, you can convert highlights and sticky-notes into blog posts in any of the popular blogging platforms. Or, you can have Diigo automatically post what you’ve found, to your blogs or wiki every day or weekly. Note: insert 5-blogthis video clip
Now what does that mean? How can bookmark be social? How can reading and research become a social activity ? And even encourage interactive conversation? Now , that’s the power of Diigo’s Social Bookmarking and Social Annotation, and I will explain further as I go along.
Or to twitterthis
And share your online discovery to your twitter friends with a shorten URL and window to edit your tweet
To top it off, you can do all these without having to install anything!
And we support all major browsers, including the newest Google Chrome. You can also get further capabilities if you do choose to install a browser add-on, on either firefox or ie.
With every 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. This is a great way to leverage and harvest the collective wisdom Find the most popular bookmarks on any subject Quite often this is an easier way to find quality resources on a given subject than using search enginesSubscribe to the most recent bookmarks by tags, sites, or users This is a great way to keep track of the latest information on topics you are interested in.Get recommended content Based on your bookmarking activities, we find content personalized to your interestsGet related content while browsing While you are reading a web page, the Diigo sidebar shows you who else has bookmarked that page or that site, and what other similar pages and sites they have bookmarked, giving you a great way to find related content.
You are what you annotate.Bookmarks, tags, and annotations are a great expression of your interests and expertise, and provide an easy way to define an online presence for you. Of course, you get to control exactly what is revealed and to whom.Keep in touch with friends through contentSharing content is an great way to learn from and about your friends. Multiple ways are provided for sharing information with friends on Diigo and elsewhere, with varying degrees of non-intrusiveness and effort. You can also organize friends into different contact lists so you can share with any subset of your friends easily.Find and connect with people having common interestsThrough our advanced people search, you can find people in the Reno region in the diigo community, or search people by tags or sites to find others who share certain specific interests with you.Multiple ways to connect with peopleOnce you find people of interest to you, you can connect with them in multiple ways: invite them to add you as a friend, send them messages, invite them to join a group, or simply add them to your watchlist
Withour current release, Diigo has put a real emphasis on the “Social” in “Social Bookmarking” or “Social Annotation”. Social is a big buzz word these days. But different from the typical social networks, Diigo is going “social”, not just for the pure sake of being “social”. In fact, the uniqueness of Diigo’s new social features is the fact that you don’t necessarily need to have a lot of friends to begin deriving the benefits of Diigo. We hear some question: ” I already have trouble keeping up with all the other social networks such as Linkedin and Facebook. Why should I maintain yet another social network on Diigo?”First of all, it is completely ok to be anti-social on Diigo. In this “anti-social mode”, Diigo as simply a great research tool that can really enhance your productivity ~ it is the best web bookmarking and annotation tool you will find. No other social network can make the same claim. Second, and more importantly, most of the “social” things happening on Diigo do not require any extra effort from you — they are just there to augment your information discovery and sharing.
Another way of thinking & comparingDiigo with other social networks are: Facebook is about “who you know”, while Diigo is about “what you know”. Diigo is a community centered around information and knowledge sharing - all social features in Diigo are designed to serve the purpose of better collaboration and knowledge-sharing.Facebook connects people based on their existing relationships and affiliations, while Diigo connects people based on common interests in information and content.Diigo gives users broader latitude in terms of “being social” or not. At one extreme, you can be completely “anti-social” and use Diigo mainly as a research tool for personal productivity — surely you cannot be completely anti-social on Facebook! Diigo provides users with many options on how to share information with others and how to get information from others and the community, involving varying degrees of effort and intrusiveness. We think the terms “Social Information Network & Unintentional Social Networking” are quite appropriate ways to think of what Diigo offers.
So, you can just use Diigo as a great online reading and browsing companion, or You can choose to actively collabarorate with your friends or colleagues, or interact with other.While you’re doing that, Diigo’s advanced algorithms and carefully thought-out UI design unobtrusively harness the power of the Diigo community for each individual user and give you the benefit of social information networking with no extra effort on your part!Our goal was to enable our users to enjoy a greatly increased potential for meaningful and productive discussions anywhere on the Web, and to fully unleash the power of the “writable Web”. We have built upon Diigo’s foundation as a powerful personal research tool with features designed to improve the ease and productivity of collaboration within the office or even across continents to offer our users all the benefits of social networking without the drawbacks.
Some casual reviewers have mistaken Diigo as just another social bookmarking service. I hope you can see that Diigo offers so much more, Diigo, in our opinion, is a ground-breaking platform for knowledge management, discovery and sharing
Let’s start from the very basics: We all know what bookmarks are. How social can a bookmark be?Let’s think of it first, then get back to the social part later.
Bookmarks - those are things you stick in book to mark your place, but how do you mark the place when you’re reading online?
The easiest way to bookmark a page is to save it to your Favorite folder in your internet browser. But, how many sites can you keep it that way? If you start to adding folders to organize, you may still lose track of things when they get too full or you cannot remember where you put them.
Pretty soon, you still have an endless list of links piling up. And. If you bookmark with your browser favorite, your bookmarks are only stored on one computer and cannot be easily accessed remotely
So let’s take a step back from website and think about reading books Do you have a strategy that helps you focus and remember as you read the books?
Do you use a highlighter? Or Postit? Do you write notes on margin? Or make flashcards? For many people, it’s easier if you can read and interact with the text in some way!
Socialbookmarking Intro ~ Diigo
~ Better productivity to
every online users:
• Discovering information
“Diigo turns reading and research into a
social activity. Conversations emerge
right on the page and spill over into the
classroom. Students love it. They not
only engage with the material, they
engage with each other.“
~ Prof. Michael Wesch
Youtube quot;The machine is us(ing) usquot;
Personal Information Management (PIM)
=> Social Information Network (SIM)
Diigo’s vision is based on 2 observations:
1. People need better tools fro discovering,
digesting, managing and sharing info
2. There are significant opportunities & benefits in
connecting people based on the content they
consume, and in turn, helping people discover
content based on social connections
A Social Content Site
~ Collective Wisdom
• Find the most popular bookmarks on any subject
=> better “search engine”
• Subscribe to the most recent bookmarks by tags,
sites, or users
• Subscribe to the most recent bookmarks by tags,
sites, or users
• Get recommended content
• Get related content while browsing
A Knowledge Sharing Community
• You are what you annotate
• Keep in touch with friends through content
• Find and connect with people having common
• Multiple ways to connect with people
• Social - big buzzword
• Q: Why maintain yet another social network on
Unintentional Social Networking
• Facebook is about “who you know”, while Diigo is about “what
• Facebook connects people based on their existing relationships
and affiliations, while Diigo connects people based on common
interests in info & content.
• Diigo gives users broader latitude in terms of “being social” or
not. In a “anti-social” mode, use Diigo mainly as a research
tool for personal productivity ~ surely you cannot be
completely anti-social on Facebook
• Open Connectivity & Portability via RSS, Facebook, Friendfeed,
Digest of Internet Information
Groups & Other Stuff
~ Towards better knowledge management,
sharing and discovery
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