Facilitating the Sharing of Websites

How many websites does the average person visit on a given day? A survey of citizens in 71 countries by Zenith OptiMedia found that Internet consumption averaged 110 minutes daily in 2015, with the majority of that taking place through mobile devices. With more than half of visitors spending fewer than 15 seconds actively reading a page, those 110 minutes can translate into a lot of websites.

Or not. Just because we can visit a lot of websites doesn’t mean we do. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many people have 10-15 favorite sites that account for the bulk of their page visits and Internet time. But exploring and sharing information from just those 10-15 sites can be challenging; managing more can be downright daunting.

IO-bannerOne solution to this challenge is diigo, a free tool that facilitates the sharing and exploring of websites. As David Stern, chair of SLA’s Technology Advisory Council, notes in his “Info Tech” column in the November-December 2016 issue of Information Outlook, diigo lets users—

  • use tags to build virtual communities;
  • develop long-term community relationships;
  • harness “the power of serendipity” by browsing other users’ interests;
  • search for other users across the entire diigo community; and
  • support training and teaching initiatives.

“In its simplest manifestation,” he writes, “diigo can be used as a personal cloud-based URL recording tool. The My Library option provides a web-based means of capturing interesting URLs, allowing diigo to be used as a favorites or bookmarks tool that can be accessed from any workstation. Diigo also permits you to enter annotations (keywords) and tags for each entry, making it much easier to organize, associate, and retrieve saved URLs.”

Read more of what David has to say about diigo in his column.


References

Haile, Tony. 2014. What You Think you Know about the Web is Wrong. Time. Online article, March 9.

Zenith OptiMedia. 2016. Mobile Internet Consumption to Grow 28% in 2016. Press release.

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