Diigo V4 goes live

Diigo V4 is here!

Diigo V4 is here!

Diigo is a web-based bookmarking and annotation service.  I’ve written about it before.  It’s the service I prefer over all the other free and comparable services because it seems to have just the right mix of functionality and usability for me.

One thing I have complained about in the past was the look and feel of the site, which seemed clumsy, especially when compared to what I think is the most well-designed bookmarking service: Delicious.

Well, someone was listening to me, I guess, because Diigo just announced version 4 of their site.  And the key piece of the upgrade is a new and very much more polished look and feel.  Indeed, the layout of the page is quite similar to Delicious!  That’s okay by me; as far as I know, Delicious hasn’t protected its look and feel.  This is just Diigo’s recognition of a superior aspect of another product.

Of course there’s more to Diigo V4 than just the look and feel.  The other features are:

  • web page snapshots on demand;
  • improved search;
  • improved annotation features (important for Diigo as a collaboration tool);
  • a new, more streamlined way to share links and follow the links of individuals and groups;
  • highly expanded and refined group-based activities;
  • a new meta page structure for summarizing a user’s overall activities;
  • an iPhone app (pending Apple’s approval); and
  • a variety of other improvements.

You can read further details at the Diigo blog.

This is a good upgrade, besides providing a new and better service, it’s aggressive enough to indicate clearly that Diigo is interested in providing an excellent service, without totally re-inventing the service (which would have alienated some users).  Version 4 a brand new version, so there are probably a few bugs in it, but overall it’s A Good Thing.

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2 thoughts on “Diigo V4 goes live

  1. I’ve been using Diigo, too — both for personal bookmarking, and as a way of sharing content with a research group internationally.

    For the bookmark itself, I extract an abstract. For the other members of the group, I leave a comment to express why I found the content interesting.

    I use Delicious as well, but not in such a social way. I find Diigo much more social than Delicious, because commenting adds to contextual richness.

    I really do like the e-mail digest feature of Diigo for my colleagues, who aren’t yet adapting to feed readers. I should be happy that they’re at least part of the e-mail generation!

    • These are all good points. Personally, I try to use zotero for sharing academic content because it can be very useful to generate bibliographies. I use diigo as temporary storage for links I haven’t had time to look at closely, and for things not directly related to my work.

      Still, your point is well taken, and I appreciate the input. I have considered using Diigo in my grad class, where I would share content with my students, and have them discuss it via comments and highlighting.

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