So I started using Diigo this week, a so called social bookmarking tool.
For those who have somehow missed social/online bookmarking and its associated folksonomies may still have used Flickr? Well instead of tags describing images you have tagging and creating keywords for websites giving you a system of online bookmarking!
So what good does that really bring? The service providers will argue that this allows you to find similar websites or topics of interest using other like minded people’s searches.
You can in other words share links of intrest within a group or the wider web community allowing you to be Social bookmarking.
The Diigo people believe they are offering a little bit more than just social bookmarking. They are talking about themselves as social bookmarking 2.0 (as in Web 2.0) and the future of information management.
Having had a Delicious account before I appreciate that there is an inbuilt transition mechanisms allowing me to import my delicious bookmarks into Diigo. Since Diigo can be used for note taking, annotations , archiving images and documents it reminded me of similar features that I use Evernote for. Their Diigolet is similar to Evernote Webclipper. A feature allowing you to save a webpage, annotate it or adding notes to it.
Diigo naturally encourages sharing through other social networking sites. Evernote also allows you to share your notes through a link, Facebook etc. Both have syncing to their web based account service. Well this is some of the things I have discovered so far. It’s still early days and I may discover fundamental differences, who knows ?
Some would question comparing a note taking software with a social bookmarking service but I can see some similarities and merging of features so I predict that it won’t be long before one tool has to provide all the features possible (Referencing next?).