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    April 25, 2008

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    Hi Paul,

    thanks for the link. Not sure if you've been over knowledgethoughts, but I've shared many thoughts as to how web2.0 and other tools might be useful for lawyers.

    I couldn't help notice your reference to taggging, of which I'm a big fan. I'd like to share some thoughts and experiences.

    http://del.icio.us, an online bookmark manager.

    Sounds rather mundane, having one's bookmarks stored on the web (can be either private or public). However, delicious shines for several reasons.

    First, it's a great way to manage bookmarks (there's no way a menu structure could handle the 300+ links I have stored at http://del.icio.us/knowledgethoughts).

    Second, a great way to share links with others. My father sends me links that he's taggged (http://del.icio.us/for/knowledgethoughts) and I can recommend links back to him.

    Third, I can subscribe to the "linkfeeds" of others. Oliver Young, a Forrester Researcher I met last year, spends a lot of time reading about web2.0. Mi casa, su casa. If he's deep into some research about something I pay attention and have a look.

    Fourth, deligoo, a firefox plugin. A mashup between delicious and the Google Custom Search Engine. Deligoo creates a "search scope" which only searches those websites you've tagged in delicious. Tremendously valuable when looking for quotes or articles you've seen in the past but can't recall the name.

    Fifth (and last point), delicious is most effective when researching a new topic. Take Sharepoint as a simple example. Reviewing the most "delicious" links tagged with "Sharepoint" by others may well give you a better result than Google, because you have tacit knowledge built in (i.e. the tagger values the link enough to tag it with the keyword).

    I believe the delicious functionality can be found on stumbleupon as well.

    Many many different thoughts on tagging. A cluster of different tagging approaches is almost certainly unhelpful (i.e. one for web pages, one for documents, one for matters). An organisation's tagging approach (or folksonomy) needs to be ubiquitous, and provide an interface which brings them together.

    Completely agree with all of this Neil. I wasn't aware of deligoo, so I'll take a look at that. I think it's just the mental discipline that I need to work on. I actually have a delicious site, but in a sad state at the moment. I think you hit the nail exactly when you said

    > A cluster of different tagging approaches is almost certainly unhelpful (i.e. one for web pages, one for documents, one for matters). An organisation's tagging approach (or folksonomy) needs to be ubiquitous, and provide an interface which brings them together.

    Which for me means my colleagues and I getting together and deciding on this tag structure in the areas where we collaborate. Your delicious site is an excellent example. Thanks for that!

    paul

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