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Diigo web annotation – My suggestions March 8, 2007

Posted by IntimatePower in collaboration, diigo, interface, lifehack, PKM, Productivity, social, Tools, wishlist.

In a previous post, I introduced Diigo, a great tool that “lets you permanently highlight, annotate, tag and manage text from any website.”

Here are a few suggestions and ideas, which, IMHO, will make Diigo even better:


Learn from others, particularly ClipMarks, Digg and del.icio.us

Add the ability to save and tag individual items (text, images) within a page as separate entities, with the URL being only a sub-property.
Diigo can thus grow to become a great way to manage and share knowledge and information, not just bookmarks.

Display a simple interface by default for new users.
Add an option to the settings section to turn on advanced features.
Allow customization of as many features as possible.

Diigo’s website

Improve the design, navigation, and user-experience at Diigo’s website

Improve, and update, the flash demo. Display a short demo on the homepage
Display one version of the homepage for guests and another for logged-in members

Improve about.diigo.com – collapse/rearrange categories, customize search results

Managing My bookmarks

Improve display of highlights – replace the boxes with thin horizontal lines; remove/hide unnecessary details and buttons (“about 2 hours ago; Add Sticky Note; Remove Annotation”). Clipmarks is a great example of a simple and clear way to display selected highlights from webpages.

Allow sorting and filtering of bookmarks

Fix the display of tags – currently it is truncated

Allow grouping /categorization of bookmarks

Add the option to save multiple-paged articles together

Show my highlights in the preview and the cache

The Bookmarks Section

Improve the “Bookmarks” section – it’s currently titled and linked as “Community”

Change its title to “popular”

Display topics, Popular URLs, Featured Members

Allow sorting and filtering by time-range or popularity (implement this at other sections of the website as well)

Expand the “social” aspect

Allow subscribing to someone’s bookmarks and/or marking them as favorites

Improve the ability to view how many others, and who else, saved/commented/voted on this URL

Let members tell about themselves, and search for others who share their interests

Improve the quality of the content

Add protection algorithms that guard against link-spam

Add the option to flag a URL/Comment/Member/Group as spam

Add the option to vote on URLs/Comments

Add the option to permanently hide URLs by Tag/User/Domain (Some don’t want to see anything that’s tagged NSFW or adult)

Diigo Toolbar (It’s great, but there’s always room for improvements)

Currently, the bookmarklet’s context-menu works better than the toolbar (read= less clicks)
Add the ability to customize the toolbar

Add more keyboard support:
– Hotkey to highlight selected text
– Show pop-up menu also when selecting text with keyboard

Add the following options:
Automatic highlighting upon text selection
Hide pop-up menu after a certain timeout
Auto-highlight all headers.
Add an option to jump to the next highlight (toolbar button + keyboard shortcut)

Saving/Viewing a bookmark with the toolbar button

Show recommended tags when I save a bookmark (like delicious)

Suggest tags as I type

Display my highlights and annotations when clicking the toolbar button. It’s an easy way to view my summary of the page without having to scroll through the actual page.

Thank you, Diigo Team

Diigo is already a great tool;
I’m raising these issues in the hope of making it even better.

What are your impressions of Diigo?
What do you think will make it better?
Would you pay for it?


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