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Section 3: Methods for collecting information

Social bookmarking (Diigo)

A bookmarking site is a place where you can collect your favorite Websites. A social bookmarking site provides the additional benefit of sharing with others. There are many different social bookmarking applications, this guide focuses on Diigo. Diigo is a social bookmarking site. Diigo "enables users to collect, highlight, access and share a variety of information, on a variety of devices." [1]

With a social bookmarking tool, you can write notes about your bookmarks, share with others, tag them, search for tags, bookmarks, and common sites, and access them from any Web browser. More Information


Twitter is a micro-blogging tool, which allows a participant to send and receive messages up to 140 characters long. Twitter is very mobile and can be access from computers, ipads, and smart phones.

It is possible to view Twitter posts without a Twitter account, however, to get the most benefit, I recommend having a Twitter account. More Information

RSS feeds

RSS feeds are a great way to subscribe to news and blog feeds. Instead of going to countless Web sites to see information important to you, the information comes to you. Through the use of an RSS reader, you can collect, organize, and view feeds.


RSS feeds are typically associated with an icon similar to the one above.

While there are many different RSS feed aggregators, these instructions will be focusing on Google Reader. More Information


Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that uses imagery. "Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests." [2]

Within Pinterest, you have boards that are typically devoted to a specific theme. On these boards, you would "pin" an image that you wish to share with others. The image must be available on the Web, and when clicking on an image from your pinboard, you will be taken back to that specific Web site. More Information

Personal Learning Environments (PLE)

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  1. Diigo. (2012). Retrieved on 8 February, 2012 at
  2. Pinterest. (2012). Retrieved on 8 February, 2012 at