New web 2.0 site Diigo refuses to be categorized as neither just another social bookmarking site nor a social network. And I would have to agree with them. For Diigo is certainly a hybrid of both web 2.0 applications. A better way to describe Diigo would be a powerful research tool and a knowledge sharing community.
Diigo (pronounced as Deego) actually stands for Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other Stuff. Yeah, I know it sounds elementary, so let’s just leave the name as that Diigo. Its cool sounding and web 2.0ish enough without the need to know what it stands for.
So, what can you do in Diigo, should you decide to sign up? We can group them into two actually. One, you can use Diigo as a browser add-on very much similar to other social bookmarking sites such as Digg (sounds like eh?). But unlike Digg, Diigo lets you highlight a portion of a particular site that are of interest to you, attach a sticky note into the highlighted portion of the site, and when you return to the site, you can still your sticky notes. Sounds cool, right? It’s as if you were highlighting a book. Everything that you highlight, you can also search, access, sort and share from any PC or even on your iPhone.
You can also do tagging and annotate online pages using Diigo. And you can search for tagged items by the Diigo community as well. What’s more, you can subscribe to the most recent or most popular bookmarks under any set of tags. And while reading a web page, the Diigo sidebar will show you who else has bookmarked the page or the site. In short, Diigo is a powerful social content site.
There are many more things that you can do at Diigo. And I’ll leave you to discover them on your own. You can watch this demo video or if you can’t wait no more – sign up and create your own Diigo account.