Social Bookmarking – Making connections

My last post looked at Diigo and how this allowed you not just to bookmark sites like Delicious does, but also lets you highlight sections of a webpage and add sticky note annotations.  The other advantage it has over Delicious is that it allows you to create groups, these can be public or private and support discussion threads.  You can also apply for an education account, these are premium accounts which are only available to K-12 and & higher education educators and allow teachers to create a private group to share bookmarks with a class/group of students.

Anne Marie Cunningham was reflecting in her blog that social bookmarking with Delicious wasn’t quite social enough for her.  Whilst she was coming across people who were tagging the same sites she was finding it was difficult to connect or network with these individuals.  Following several comments that others and myself made to Anne Marie’s post and a conversation with her via email and Twitter we’ve set up a new group in Diigo to share our medical education bookmarks and hopefully help make connections.

We hope that others will come and join Medical Education on Diigo and share their bookmarks, ideas and best practice and get connected with others working in medical/health professions education.

Diigo – Highlighting and sharing the web

I’ve been using Delicious for sometime to manage my internet bookmarks.  Delicious is a useful social bookmarking tool, you create an account and start to bookmark websites and add tags which help you to manage your bookmarks and help you find them again relatively easily.  As this is a web-based application you can access your bookmarks from any PC/Mac with an internet connection.

Today I came across another social bookmarking site, Diigo, which not only allows you to bookmark webpages but to highlight sections of the page, add sticky notes and share these sites with others that you are working with.  You can also search other peoples’ lists and also convert a list into a slideshow which you can then embed in a blog or other webpage etc. There are several blogs and educational social networks which are getting quite excited about how Diigo can be used to support learning and research groups.

Check out this YouTube video which gives an overview of social bookmarking and how you can highlight and share the web using Diigo.