Trouble in Diigo-land

My students have been searching for primary sources for weekly discussion, and I have a small collection of websites that have them. So I put those sites in Diigo, tagged them by class (i.e. “hist104resources”) then used the rss feed from my account to post them in an Remote RSS block in Moodle.

No problem.

But a couple of weeks ago I decided to offer extra credit if students found similar sites full of sources, and posted them in Diigo. The I would take the public feed of all bookmarks tagged “hist104resources”, and the Moodle block would show everyone’s contributions.

My policy is if I’m trying something new, it’s for extra credit, in case it doesn’t work.

It didn’t work.

it should look like this

Two students tried right away, in two different classes. They found sites, bookmarked them, tagged them “hist104resources” and “hist111resources”. They never showed up in the Moodle RSS block. They also didn’t show up in a search for either tag at the Diigo website (I saved 10 bookmarks with the tag hist104resources – the site shows one).The students were frustrated. So was I.

So I read up a bit at the Diigo forums, and the workaround seemed to be to form a group, except that folks said that groups plus tags don’t work. I tried it, with a group “mcchistory” then using the tags. Pasted the rss feed. No go.

So I made three groups, one for each class. Forget the tags, students, just share to the Hist111 group or the Hist104 group.

This seems to be working better, although my first student tried to resave her bookmarks and Diigo made me moderate them (without emailing me, and despite the settings that say anyone can join and add things, and despite me having “immediate alert” set – I wouldn’t have found it if I hadn’t been writing this blog post).

We’ll see how it goes but this seems bizarre to me. I’ve used Diigo for years (I switched from Delicious, though I have it set up to save there too). I love the annotation feature. But once I tried to turn the social bookmarking truly social, bad things happened. And no response to my @diigo tweets, either.

So Alexandra Pickett, who runs a class in teaching online at SUNY (which I didn’t know about and looks great judging from the website and bookmarks!), wondered why I was unhappy with Diigo. This is why. But her interest and success with it encourages me to give it another chance.

2 thoughts to “Trouble in Diigo-land”

  1. Some glitches for sure as they have moved up to ever new, ever more exciting versions. Personally, I was pretty happy with how it all worked back in v.2, but I’ve leveled up and still remain very reliant on Diigo for my own purposes and in many of my classes. Your experience is befuddling and, for a major Diigoid like me, worrying.

    Even more worrying, though, is the lack of response to @diigo tweets. I have found the same. When Diigo was just getting going (and I earned my ‘Diigo education pioneer’ badge) the team were very, very responsive to the user base. Somewhere along the line they got too big, or not big enough given the growth in their user base, or maybe they laid some people off for financial reasons (never figured out how their business model was going to make it, although always hopeful). With Delicious dying, they have a good niche if they can provide a reliable service and decent community interaction. I really hope they don’t blow it. And I hope they start answering tweets again.

  2. Is Delicious dying or just changing in a more obvious way as they reinvent themselves?

    Surely the code for this stuff can no longer be that secret or complicated. Where is social bookmarking 3.0?

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