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I came across an inter­est­ing web­site called It is a com­bi­na­tion of a social book­mark­ing site, such as, and a note tak­ing, web con­tent stor­age site, such as

Diigo allows you to store book­marks from across the web, tag them with mul­ti­ple tags, and share these links with oth­ers. You can also mark book­marks as pri­vate, in case you do not want to share them, or you can post them to par­tic­u­lar groups of users in the social net­work of

While is a pow­er­ful tool, one thing it lacks is a true social com­po­nent, where users could cre­ate inter­est groups to share links within the group, not sim­ply based on tags. The Evernote desk­top appli­ca­tion and its com­pan­ion site are one of the most use­ful sites for gath­er­ing together notes, images, snip­pets of web­pages, and so on. Evernote allows you to col­lect con­tent in note­books, and share con­tent on a notebook-by-notebook basis. Notebooks can be shared with indi­vid­u­als or with the world. But there’s no way in Evernote to cre­ate groups, join groups, and share with other users who have a com­mon interest.

Where really shines is in its focus on research. As you tra­verses the web, you can store URLs, save text and files (web pages as well as images and PDFs), and high­light and anno­tate them. These notes and anno­ta­tions can be shared with the social net­work on the site, mak­ing it what what the folks at Diigo call “a col­lab­o­ra­tive research plat­form.” As opposed to a social net­work about every­thing, includ­ing games, and so on, like Facebook, the folks at Diigo say their site is a “social infor­ma­tion net­work.” It has been rec­og­nized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as one of The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.

There are tool­bars avail­able for Firefox and Internet Explorer, a one-button exten­sion avail­able for Chrome, and a book­mark but­ton for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. There is some sup­port for the iPhone, but it seems a bit clunky.

I have cre­ated an account on and will try it out.

I don’t expect it to replace or, as it’s in a slightly dif­fer­ent mar­ket than those prod­ucts. (By the way, there’s an inte­gra­tion with from, allow­ing you to post the links you cre­ate on to your account.). The lack of an offline tool, such as what Evernote has, means that I would not be able to take notes where wi-fi is not avail­able, but I see a lot of value in, espe­cially for the ease of shar­ing research mate­ri­als with other mem­bers of a research community.

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