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Trying alternatives to delicious

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Late last year, news leaked that Yahoo! might be shuttering delicious.com, the social bookmarking service that it acquired earlier. It’s not the first service Yahoo! has killed after spending money to acquire it (jumpcut.com was my first experience with this phenomenon). Apparently, Yahoo! has since said that it is seeking a buyer for delicious.com.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying out diigo.com, which is similar to delicious, but has some other features going for it as well. I’ve already imported all my bookmarks from delicious (a relatively painless process, I might add), and started using it to post the “Items to Read” posts here on the blog.

From the diigo website:

Diigo provides a browser add-on that can really improve your research productivity. As you read on the web, instead of just bookmarking, you can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you. You can also attach sticky notes to specific parts of web pages. Unlike most other web “highlighters” that merely clip, Diigo highlights and sticky notes are persistent in the sense that whenever you return to the original web page, you will see your highlights and sticky notes superimposed on the original page, just what you would expect if you highlighted or wrote on a book!

Moreover, all the information — highlighted paragraphs, sticky notes, and the original url — are saved on Diigo servers, creating your personal digest of the web, your own collection of highlights from the web – ones that are meaningful to you! You can easily search, access, sort and share this collection from any PC or even iPhone.

For those who are looking for an alternative to delicious, it’s worth a try, and the basic features are free to use, unlike some other alternatives that are out there. And if you’re interested in following my links on diigo, I’m Scmurley.

Thanks to Megan Taylor for the cue to check out this service.

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