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Diigo

            Diigo is pronounced "dee-go."  Diigo stands for "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff" (Diigo, 2008).  Diigo was developed by twelve people who are experienced in "software development, marketing, academia, and investment management" (Diigo, 2008).  Diigo is a place for sharing research and knowledge while also doubling as a social network for friends and people with like interest.  Diigo is a place where people can "discover, process, manage, and share online information more productively and effectively" with friends or other people who are interested in a certain subject (Diigo, 2008).  Diigo is a great way for people who share the same interest to socialize. 

People can upload websites that are informational and interesting and other Diigo members can "search" that information and add on to the information.  To create a Diigo account, our researchers found that you must go to www.diigo.com and click the "create account" link.  When creating an account you are creating a profile about yourself similar to Facebook or Myspace. 

Diigo is a free website and it does not take too much personal information to create a profile. As a social bookmarking site, Diigo can "bookmark" or "tag" segments from a website or a whole website and organize them.  After you "bookmark" or "tag" a page you may share it with whoever you would like. 

Diigo can be used with other applications such as Facebook and Google.  In Diigo people can leave blogs, comments, and sticky notes like a blogging website(Horsepower, 2008).  A unique thing about Diigo is it is like a virtual chat room where you can add friends and talk to them online, similar to yahoo or aim.   Diigo allows you to bookmark web pages on the site so you can revisit them as you please.  Finally, a unique thing about Diigo is you can join different groups to further your research you are interested in and talk to people who have similar thoughts and interests.

In the elementary school setting Diigo can be a great tool to use for the purpose of teachers communicating with the parents or vise versa about questions or comments about student's homework, test, behavior, etc.  Also for school teachers can upload assignments and lectures on Diigo for a student who had to miss school for any reason.  Secondary education can use Diigo for communication with other peers in the same school, state, or country.  Diigo is a great way for online discussions with people who cannot communicate in person; Diigo is an excellent tool for obtaining perspectives, knowledge, and information from other peers who think differently.  For college level students, Diigo is a great way for students to share information; for example, a project team, a class, or a club can create a group on Diigo to pool relevant resources, findings and thoughts together. In the business industry an employee can use Diigo to find people with similar interest of jobs to discuss business and other corporation information. 

Diigo is a research ad bookmarking website so it has great educational value. Teachers can post information on Diigo and then have students look up more information and combine it all while also using information already posted on Diigo for group projects.  Students can combine their thoughts and research on a Diigo page to write a paper that includes credible information.  Students can share their opinions with peers across the country and get different insights from different perspectives. Diigo allows students to communicate with one another like they were face to face. 

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