Diigo and Delicious
Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about the new features of Diigo, Version 5. As a result of that blog post, I was contacted by Maggie Tsai, co-founder of Diigo, who asked me to help update a comparison chart on their website. This post contains a ‘pretty’ version of that document. What do you think? Did I miss anything? Are you a Delicious user who spotted something inaccurate? Let me know in the comments!
Also, I’m really excited to help moderate a Classroom 2.0 session about Diigo version 5.0 on July 31st at 11:00 AM Central. You can participate in the webinar by visiting http://live.classroom20.com.
Follow the link for the feature to learn more about how each service implements it.
Diigo, Delicious, and most modern browsers allow you to assign tags to your bookmarks. Tags are short descriptions of the bookmarks and allow for easy categorization and searching.
Both Diigo and Delicious (along with many other social bookmarking services) allow you to see what other users are bookmarking.
One of the nicest things about using a social bookmarking site is to have access to your bookmarks no matter what computer you are using. Simply log in to the site and all your bookmarks are right there.
The social aspect of Diigo and Delicious lies in users’ ability to share bookmarks with others. Both services allow you to share sites with other users, through Twitter, or via e-mail. With both services, you can also see what your friends are bookmarking.
Search all public bookmarks in both services using powerful search tools. Search full text, tags, users, friends, or groups to find what you are looking for.
Groups (in Diigo) and Network Bundles (in Delicious) are contacts in your social bookmarking network who have similar interests. Network Bundles are a way to filter public bookmarks from different people in your network. The Groups function in Diigo allows you to share bookmarks with the members of the group who are not necessarily following your bookmarks. This gives you access to a very broad group of people who add relevant websites to the group’s library. Finally, in Diigo, groups are able to share their annotations, notes, and highlights publicly or only within the group. This allows for several layers of annotation and collaboration.
Diigo has very tight integration with major blogging platforms. Posting to a blog in Diigo is very flexible. You can change the frequency, type, included tags, and even specify the time that links are posted. This is still an experimental feature in Delicious as of this writing, and the process seems to be a little more complicated and less flexible than Diigo. Postings by Delicious can only be done daily at a specified time and cannot be limited to certain tags.
Diigo and Delicious offer excellent tools that integrate into your browser to make adding sites to your library a snap. Add, share, and remember sites without leaving your browser.
Group your bookmarks into lists to add another layer of organization. Lists enable tighter focus of groups of web pages rather than the broad organization of tags. Public lists can be shared through direct links and published through RSS feeds.
With version 5 of Diigo, you now have the option of installing applications on your mobile device for reading and adding bookmarks. Offline Reader for iPhone allows you to browse your bookmarks on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Add to your library while surfing, or download entire websites to your device for offline reading when you don’t have a connection. Power Note for Android allows you to add bookmarks, notes, images, snapshots, and text messages to your library. Both apps offer easy access to your unread items and sync seamlessly with your account. Diigo has designed both of these apps to integrate flawlessly with the website. Several apps are available for Delicious on iPhone and Android, but all are developed by third parties, and therefore not officially supported by Delicious.
Called Web Highlighter for iPad Safari, this bookmarklet allows you to bookmark, highlight, annotate, and share websites while browsing on an iPad.
Diigo allows you to highlight text from web pages. You can also post notes and comments about what you highlighted. These comments can be public or private. If you have installed the Diigo Toolbar or are using the Diigolet applet, all of your annotations and the public annotations from others will be visible on the page. If you would like to share your annotations with people who don’t use Diigo, you can share the annotated link with them through Twitter, Facebook, email, IM, or your blog. You also have the option to share certain annotations, such as those from a group you belong to or your own private annotations.
On your desktop, the Diigo toolbar allows you to capture images and text directly from a website. You can then use the built-in annotation tools to mark up the capture and save it to Diigo. From your library, you can add tags and descriptions, as well as put the capture into lists or share it with groups.
More powerful than the ability to capture an image or part of a website is Diigo’s ability to archive an entire page. When creating a bookmark with the Diigo toolbar, select the check box to take a snapshot of the page as you see it. When you find the bookmark in your library, you will have the ability to look at a cached version of the page, as well as a png image of the page as it appeared when you saw took the screen shot. If you revisit a page and it has changed, you can upload another cached version as well as another image. Annotations and highlights show up on the image, but not on the cached version.
Diigo allows you to automatically add new Diigo bookmarks to your Delicious library. This way, if you have already developed a network and library on Delicious, you can maintain both libraries effortlessly.
If you are a teacher, Diigo has a special tool set for you to use Diigo with your students. Once you have your approved educator account, you can create a private group for your students. You can also create accounts for them without email addresses. By default, student profiles are private, and students can only communicate with each other, nor are they searchable in public listings on Diigo. There are many other benefits to Diigo educator accounts. For more information, check out http://help.diigo.com/teacher-account/faq.
There are two ways to log in to Delicious – if you created a Delicious account, you can use that, or you will need a Yahoo account if you don’t already have one. If you don’t want to create an account on the site, Diigo gives you the opportunity to log in with one of several different accounts that you already may have including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, or OpenID.