So I've been working with Diigo for a while now, and have already written about it on Life in Lists. My usage fell off for a while, but when I started doing a lot of research again for my day job I returned to Diigo to see if it was up to the task. I have a feeling I am going to write more in future posts about the perfect professional research tool, so I'll focus specifically on Diigo for this post. Things I like about Diigo:
- Being able to clip content from an article and save it with the bookmark.
- Having an archived copy of the article when I bookmark it.
- Being able to share the bookmark to a "group" within Diigo.
- Being able to have my bookmarks set to private by default, so that I don't share company research with the world.
- Automatically seeing highlights of clipped text on articles I've already bookmarked.
- The Firefox plug-in "auto-fills" tags as you try to type, which helps you stick to a specific groups of tags, so they end up more organized.
Things I don't like about Diigo:
- I really would like to be able to archive password protected content. If I can copy and paste it from the browser, then I should be able to archive it to my bookmarking application for future reference.
- More powerful group features, like being able to manage and view the tags, as well as being able to get a private RSS feed of all the bookmarks that are being added to that group.
- Discussions, the concept is interesting in theory but I still have not figured out how to use them. Maybe they will be useful from the group level.
- There was no clear feedback mechanism for Diigo, since then they have launched a Diigo forum, which is a step in the right direction.
- The Firefox plug-in added a right-click context menu drop down that really drove me crazy, though I was eventually able to turn it off.
- No way to manage multiple Diigo accounts. You have to go to the Diigo page, logout, then log back in to be able to use a different account from your Diigo Firefox plug-in.
Generally speaking, I think Diigo is one of the most powerful social bookmarking tools out there, though I don't think I'm using it for any social purpose's. Most of my personal bookmarks I just have Diigo automatically post a copy to my del.icio.us account as well. The group features are useful, the archiving features are great, but there's a lot more to be done before a tool like this can be the single tool to help someone process all of the data they go through on the Web at a given day.