Store And Share Bookmarks With Diigo

I’ve written a lot about Evernote, which is my main information repository. The main reason why I like Evernote so much is that it is available on every platform that I use, from Windows and Mac, to Android, iPhone, Palm, and Blackberry. These type of multiplatform applications that store information on the Internet are for me the killer app because they provide access to my information from anywhere in every way that I need it. Consequently, I have been keeping my eye out for other multiplatform apps that I can use, and I recently found one called Diigo.

Diigo starts with storing bookmarks, which you can share with other users. All web browsers have a way to store bookmarks, but those bookmarks end up being stuck on the device on which it was created. Storing bookmarks on Diigo.com means that you can access them from any device that can access the Internet.

If Diigo just stored and shared bookmarks it will be little different from Delicious.com, which was one of the first of the bookmark app genre eventually bought by Yahoo, who did little to add features to it. In my opinion, Diigo shows what Yahoo could have done with Delicious. Diigo also provides the ability to highlight text on a web page and write “sticky notes” that are associated to web pages by using a Chrome extension. Whenever you open a page that contains a highlight or note, the Diigo extension indicates that the page is bookmarked and you click a button to display the annotations that you create.

Diigo provides a number of Android, iPad, and iPhone apps that help take full advantage of the information you store in their service. One example is Note To Android, which is a combination of a Chrome app and the Read On Phone Android app. Note To Android is like Google’s Chrome To Phone, but with two differences. One difference is that Diigo reformats web pages to make them easier to read on the phone. Another difference is that the Read On Phone app remembers all of the pages that you send it until you remove them from the phone.

Power Note is another Android app from Diigo that is similar to Evernote in that you can use it to create notes that are stored on Diigo’s servers. It has a few unique features, like the ability to store any SMS message the phone in your Diigo library. Power Note provides full access to your Diigo library, and direct access to bookmarks that you assign a Read Later tag, which provides a function similar to Instapaper.

On an iPad you can add a Web Highlighter bookmarketlet to Safari. When you open a page using Safari on the iPad that you want to annotate, you can simply press the Web Highlighter bookmarklet. The annotations that you create on the iPad are then accessible from the desktop using Google Chrome. An Offline Diigo Reader app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch that provides access to your Diigo library and has the ability to download items for offline reading.

Diigo.com is currently in beta and is being sold using the freemium model. A free version exists that limits the number of web page highlights to 1000 per year, displays ads, and does not provide full text search. A $40 per year premium subscription provides full access to all of Diigo’s services, and a basic subscription is available for $20 per year that has limits on screen captures and saving images from web pages.