Yule Heibel, via email to several smart and influential people and to me, sends information regarding Diigo, an annotational Web 2.0 thingie, that sort of combines the power of del.icio.us with the messiness of sticky-notes.

Yule says,

I learned of them when I read about their service in the MIT Technology Review several weeks ago.  It’s by invite only, but I wrote and told them that they had to give me an account because last September I was emailing tech-savvy friends to ask if anyone could design a service exactly like this.  I was willing to pay for this — like flickr or Mars Edit — but diigo is in fact free.  No one took up my offer back in September, but by cosmic coincidence some electronic engineering professor geek at Berkeley was dreaming about the same thing and designed it.

What it does is this: you read something on the web, you bookmark it using diigo.com (you do need to install a little diigo bookmarklet on the toolbar).  You assign a tag to it (if you want), or several.  Then, you can literally underline the passages that intrigue you, and — this is the cool bit I’ve been waiting for — you can add a “sticky” note (just like on flickr) that associates with the part you’ve just underlined.  When you look at your bookmarks, the list will show you how many annotations you have in each article you’ve bookmarked, and you can then expand that list to show you both the underlined bits as well as your “notes.”

Then she (almost gleefully) notes,

Further, if you are a blogger (which I am no longer, thanks), you can blog your annotated and commented-upon bits directly to your blog.  Or you can badger your friends with your brilliant insights to that last political science article you read by forwarding your diigo-bookmarked articles…  Whatever.

She has a couple dozen beta memberships to give away.  If you want one, drop her a note directly or comment here expressing interest and I’ll pass it on to Yule.

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5 comments on “Diigo…
  1. Winston says:

    First line – I bet those people were influential also.

    diigo looks to be what will finally make project collabration practical – meaning folks will actually use it and not just talk about it. I don’t know what the beta memberships involve, but if it is simply using and participating to the point of giving feedback, yeah, I would like to do it. That is, if Yule can handle another old fart.

    Incidentally, do we know why she quit blogging? I found her just before she ceased – sorry she decided to hang it up since she was one of the select few who actually had something to say.

  2. Charles Follymacher says:

    A few months ago, when they weren’t being quite so discrimminatin’ about testers, I wangled me an invite and downloaded the toolbar. I didn’t really get it at the time (I often get lazy with apps that don’t make themselves glaringly obvious how to use), but now I do. Kudos to a great explanation. Might give it another go.

    Let’s see it in action, here, Frank-O. Clip a piece of an article somewhere and post ‘er up.

  3. Severe ‘net withdrawal… commenting from in-laws’ kitchen. I’ll follow up on this.

  4. SB says:

    I’m interested — sounds intriguing.

  5. bmo says:

    I’m in



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