I think I finally found the Web 2.0 social tool I love. It has captured my heart. It's put a spring in my cerebral step. Its made my life easier because it is sooooo easy to use and so many people who I've invited to this particular dance have come. This is a dance that has a bit of hip hop, a little paso doble, a bit of the ballroom and some jazz. This is easily the best social bookmarking and research tool that I've run across on the web and given that I'm in a geeked out frenzy most of the time trying out zillions of tools that's saying something big time. Most of them are tried, not bought if they cost, and discarded within about 2 days which is my ADD-tested and approved patience limit. For example, I figured out in a more fevered state that I've tried 13 Twitter clients already - settled on 2 - OutTwit and Tweetdeck.
That would be Diigo. Spelling D-i-i-g-o. Two eyes? Two 'i's"? Whatever. Spell it right and then go get it.
Diigo is one of the few Web 2.0 tools that I find both useful and utterly cool. It actually has value and purpose, because it best represents social bookmarking - which has value and purpose. Lots of it to someone who lives on research -feasts on knowledge and spits out judgments which may be questionable at times (many times) but at least are raising information-soaked questions, not judgments devoid of content.
Let me show you my Diigo dashboard first. (not a friggin' WORD about that picture. Understand?)
This should give you a good idea of how the whole thing works. You can create "groups" which are communities of interest really; you can communicate with individuals by sharing bookmarks to data. On the dashboard you can see the bookmarks you taggeds, the lists you've created to organize the bookmarks, the tags you've created to reflect the bookmarks to the community at large and find like bookmarks, the sites that you focus on and, of course, the groups I just mentioned this is coupled with a very cool toolbar that makes it easy to capture a bookmark. See the next Figure (Click)\
What makes this remarkable is that I can not only save web content that has research value to me in an organized way that's easily accessible but I can share that content as I pleasure and receive bookmarks from others who participate with me as my friends or as members of an open or restricted community also. So it gives me the ability to get what I need while I write CRM at the Speed of Light to make a ubiquitous example even more so, and then to solicit the links from someone who is supporting the effort. Wow. MAJOR MAJOR benefit.
Try it out. Use it. Join a group. Create a group. You want to understand social bookmarking as capabilities for engagement and community? This is the one you need to know. No other one comes as close. Period. And I've looked.