A research team at IBM is working on an application called Dogear that brings social bookmarking to large enterprises. Just as with del.icio.us (I never know where to put the first period), the idea is to let others benefit from pages you find interesting and that you tag this way and that; only here the others are folks in your firm. IBM’s software is typically sophisticated, and Dogear won’t be an exception, it seems: the front end lets you search by tag (natch), lets you see a list of those who’ve bookmarked a particular page, and gives you a list of a colleague’s bookmarks. It also let’s you vary the size of a tag cloud with a slider. You can also view any page as an RSS or Atom feed if you wish and any page can be installed as part of a “blogroll” on any web page within the firm’s system.
This seems to be something that KM folks might want to watch. Tagging is a fairly easy behaviour and one that might be carried over from home behaviour into the firm, the net result being some useful metadata that’s easily accessed.
If you’re interested in more technical aspects you should take a look at the article about Dogear in Queue.
So far as I can tell, Dogear is still in a development phase and not ready for download yet. (I’d be interested to hear otherwise.)