How to use Diigo to Organize your ActiveRain Blog Bookmarks

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ActiveRain has a great feature called blog bookmarks where you can bookmark a post on the ActiveRain platform and return to it later to read.  Bookmarking is a wonderful tool, but unless you have something in place to help you to come back to that bookmark the chances are that post that you thought had so much useful information will sit and collect dust.

There is a solution and it's called Diigo. 

 

Here's how to use Diigo to Organize your ActiveRain Blog Bookmarks.

 

1.  Download the Diigo Toolbar

 

Download the Diigo Toolbar

 

The toolbar will be installed on your Firefox Browser and give you easy one click options.

 

2.  Log into ActiveRain and go to your blog bookmarks page

 

Blog Bookmarks

 

Once you are in your blog bookmarks, right click your mouse and choose "open link in new tab". 

Now you can go to the blog post, read it, highlight it and add sticky notes/annotate the post before you save it to your Diigo account.

 

3. Save your notes in your Diigo account.

Once you are done annnotating the post you can save your annotations and highlights by using the one click save option in Diigo, tagging the post, and then hitting saved. Your annotated bookmark can be public for the Diigo community or you can mark your notes as private.

 

Highlight the post in Diigo and add sticky notes

You will be able to create a library inside Diigo of your saved links, annotations and notes for your use and reference.  You can also invite people to view your notes or create a group inside of Diigo to share within the community itself.

If you are not ready to read the article/blog post you are on you can save it and mark it as read in your Diigo library.  You can also upload other documents on the web, like PDF's.

 

4.  Use the other options to help your content creation on the web

 

Diigo options

 

Diigo allows you to take snapshots of the pages you are bookmarking, you can twitter your annotated pages, and you can even blog articles or blog posts you have read and saved as bookmarks.

Blog your Diigo bookmarks

 

Diigo currently supports WordPress Blog, Blogger Blog, LiveJournal Blog, Typepad Blog, Movable Type Blog, Windows Live Space, Drupal Blog.

 

Before you reach for your blog bookmark button after you have read a post that you know you want to visit again, consider using the Diigo bookmarking tool.   This way you can highlight, annotate, save, send, share, collaborate, create reports, or even a slideshow all from one FREE simple platform that is accessible from any computer and now even from your IPhone.

I have included a video that shows the ease and power of Diigo.

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Diigo V4: Research ~ annotate, archive, organize from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

I hope that after you read this post you make it simpler on yourself and download Diigo.

 

UPDATE:  If you are a staunch IE user and are not into Firefox, you can download a similar tool, WebNotes.net.  The Personal version is FREE.  I use both Webnotes and Diigo and like both.

You may find Webnotes to have less of a learning curve.


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Rebecca D. Levinson is a real estate marketing consultant with 17 years of experience serving real estate industry professionals.

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  1. Heather Fitzgerald 11/27/2009 01:09 PM
  2. Cheryl Ritchie 11/30/2009 10:31 AM
  3. Bob & Leilani Souza 11/30/2009 07:26 PM
  4. Rosemary Brooks 12/17/2009 03:41 PM
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Rebecca, what a very powerful tool, and I like that you can add notes as well. I was going to ask you about IE versions, but then you told me about the other tool.

Nov 28, 2009 02:03 AM #34
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Terrie Leighton
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This is great. I signed up and installed to Diigo tool bar and tried to start saving my AR bookmarks over there at the beginning of the year. I didn't like the site but now I see I did not know how to use it properly, the notes, right clicking, etc.! I will have to go back and try to save everything again and hopefully figure it out so I can take advantage of it!

Nov 28, 2009 02:35 AM #35
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Brad Andersohn
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Rebecca - great post about Diigo.  I have been using it for about the last year now and love it. When I need to find something I liked and bookmarked, it makes it real easy to find and share.  I've already used it twice today!  Look me up on Diigo, I'd be happy to share some of my findings over there with you.  :-))

Nov 28, 2009 06:35 AM #36
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Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
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Thanks Rebecca!  Needed this tool. Have bookmarks all over!

Nov 28, 2009 07:19 AM #37
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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Rebecca,

i already thought that you are another one discriminating upon us, who are not FireFoxes, but, luckily, you are not.

thanks for the IE version. I am bookmarking this blog (LOL)

Nov 28, 2009 09:39 AM #38
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Cheryl Ritchie
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This is another good idea, Rebecca. I make a point of reading all your posts now.

Nov 28, 2009 11:01 AM #39
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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
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Hi Rebecca-  I have many of yourposts bookmarked.  I will definitely give this a try.  Thanks again for helping out!  --Sara in San Antonio

Nov 28, 2009 10:28 PM #41
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Fred- Lol, if you did bookmark it I don't think you would be alone.

Gary- I know the feeling and this is nice because you can keep articles and blog posts inside and outside of A/R in the same place.

Nov 29, 2009 02:31 AM #42
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Gary- It's very cool and you can turn those notes into reports.

Terrie- The video is also very helpful if you haven't watched it before.  Alternately you can use webnotes which is a simpler tool.

Nov 29, 2009 02:34 AM #43
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Brad- THanks for the invite I'll have to look u up:)

Al and Peggy- Me too.  Enjoy.

Jon- Lol, I try not to discriminate.  I think Firefox rocks but I also use Chrome and sometimes Explorer as most internet users, the majority, use explorer it's important to see what the majority of users see and use.

Nov 29, 2009 02:37 AM #44
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Cheryl- Thank you for that.  I so appreciate your support and your readership.:)

Nov 29, 2009 02:39 AM #45
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Sara- THank you I hope you are able to use and like this tool.

Nov 29, 2009 02:41 AM #46
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Rebecca, thanks for this blog post...a bookmark organizer tool is just what I needed. I loved the surprise of seeing my AR blog snippet in your post, too...WAY COOL! I'm re-blogging this, I think it is a useful tool for everyone here! :)

Leilani

Nov 30, 2009 07:25 PM #47
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Leilani- I bookmarked your post so it was a perfect example.  Thank you:)

Dec 01, 2009 08:45 AM #48
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Larry Story
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Rebecca,

Seriously I have saved your post because I am going to have to set aside some time tomorrow to digest it all.

Dec 01, 2009 01:10 PM #49
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Rosemary Brooks
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I am serious too.  I bookmarked it.  Will sign up and will re-blog this for others.  Thanks

Dec 17, 2009 03:35 PM #50
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Kevin Cottrell
Austin Real Estate Today - Austin, TX

Nice post and interesting and useful tool

Jan 20, 2010 09:47 PM #51
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Larry- I hope you were able to use it.  If you don't like Diigo you can also try Webnotes.  I use that one daily.

Rosemary- Thanks for the reblog.

Feb 04, 2010 04:11 AM #52
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Isabella Scott
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Is there a program for Chrome?

Oct 19, 2012 01:51 PM #53
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very cool - looking into it now - have been using evernote, but this seems pretty different.

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