In a recent post, I raised the (common) issue of the desire to allow users to tag, rate or bookmark internal or external sites or documents with the challenge being that most current document management systems (DMS) do not easily allow this to happen.
While looking for something else, I came across an August 12, 2007, post from LawyerKM discussing ConnectBeam, an enterprise social bookmarking and tagging system that works behind the firewall. Searching on a keyword brings up a list of all items tagged with that word. There is also a bit of an expertise locator that allows you to see which users have self-identified themselves as experts by the number and type of documents they have tagged. Not clear how the product would integrate with DMS's and its ability to recognize the security placed on private documents. A comment by the company on the LawyerKM post above states they are looking for law firm customers.
I took the 8 minute online tour and liked the product.
On a similar topic, Douglas Cornelius of KM Space described yesterday his postive experience in demo'ing Vivisimo's enterprise social search engine called Velocity 6.0 that allows users to tag and rate content.