Revision 12 September 2010: Please note some of the perceptions I initially shared in this post were incorrect, and have been thankfully corrected by several people in the comments. Please be sure to read through to the comments. Understand at present with the newly announced Diigo premium policy:
- All free Diigo accounts support unlimited bookmarking. There are other limits on “non-premium” accounts, but bookmarking is unlimited for all.
- A free educator account is available which provides more functionality than the “normal” free account.
Social bookmarking is one of the foundational skills of computer literacy in the 21st century. For several years now, I’ve used Diigo as my primary social bookmarking website, and configured the site to cross-post automatically to Delicious.com. I like maintaining Delicious because I prefer the site’s simplicity in many ways to Diigo for looking up sites I’ve bookmarked in the past, as well as for maintaining a backup of these vital bookmarks. Diigo has announced on their blog they are no longer providing free, unlimited accounts. Standard free account users can only save a maximum of 50 highlights per month, although a free educator option is still available with fewer options than full premium accounts. If you pay $40 per year, you can enjoy a”premium” Diigo account with unlimited highlighting ability and other features. [I initially misread the feature set to be 50 bookmarks per month, but that is NOT the case. Thanks to Dr. Z for the correction. All accounts at this point permit unlimited bookmarking.]
This announcement follows relatively soon after the transition of Ning sites this past summer to a paid-only model. (Sponsored site options from Pearson are available of course, if you want to sell your soul to Lord Voldemort.) It appears we are seeing a variety of websites transition to new models to increase revenue as well as survive.
I’m not sure if I’ll opt to stay with Diigo. I need to analyze how many bookmarks I tend to save per month. I’m pretty confident that number exceeds 50. This pricing change from Diigo could provide a reason to switch our recommended and featured social bookmarking site in PI4BL from Diigo to Delicious, or to just feature Delicious instead of both sites.
Got a backup of your social bookmarks? Like many things in the digital world, with social bookmarking “the times they are a’changin.”
Do you think you’ll keep using Diigo on a free or paid account, if you’re currently a user? Which option do you think you’ll try and why?
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