During my morning reads today, I ran across this story about Google’s London Web Labs. “With more than 5m visitors so far, Google’s London Web Lab experiments are still going strong“. As per my normal habits, I thought the story was interesting for me, might be for others, and it’s something that I would want to keep around for later. So, I shared it to Twitter with the share function on Zite.
Ever looking for automation, the story caught the attention of my Packrati.us account which tagged it as such and tucked it away into my Diigo account. Normally, that’s where it would sit until I would get back to it later on. However, it had captured the attention of @pbeens who read the story and added it to his fabulous collection of Google A-Z resources.
I’d become a little lazy lately allowing Packrati.us to take care of things for me. While it does do a great job of capturing the links that I share to Twitter, the one area that it falls down is in the concept of tagging. I have to have the sticktoitiveness to go back in and add my own tags so that resources that I’ve tucked away into Diigo are easily located after the fact. I’ll blame it on the cold that never ends – I’ve been bad lately and haven’t been doing the retro-tagging thing. I’ve got to get better and get back into the swing of things.
As it turns out, later in the day through other means, I had run across the announcement of Google Code Jam 2013. I headed to the Diigo bookmark in the tool bar to do the deed and, as it turns out, spent some time doing something that I should have done about a week ago. You see – Diigo had updated its extension (as shown by the NEW button on it) and I hadn’t explored it.
But, it was the “Screenshot” that really caught my interest. It turns out that you can now send images to your Diigo account. You appear to have two choices – just send the image or attach the image to the original link. I gave that a shot and like what I see.
Why is this good? It’s just a thumbnail, right? Yes, but most resource sharing now includes images – check your Pinterests, Rebelmouses, etc. It’s just that nicely added visual that will job your memory as to why you bookmarked it in the first place. I’m liking that feature right off the bat!
I guess I’m going to have to get back into the swing of things and get serious about what I’m doing with my bookmarks. This opens a whole new world of possibilities. Particularly with students, if you’re using the teacher console, it gives an idea of what the resource is going to look like when they get there.
- Searching it All (dougpete.wordpress.com)
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- Part One… 12 Resources to Discover and Curate Digital Curriculum for Teachers and Students (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)
- Diigo – Collect, Record, and Save online resources (pbltech.wordpress.com)
- Hiding (dougpete.wordpress.com)