One colleague put me on to a very simple yet very crisp and practical distinction between coordination, cooperation, and collaboration. More than a year later, another academic suggested three levels of organizational behaviour: hierarchical, clan-based, and market based. It struck me that these are essentially the same.
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.