>Recently I've been exploring social bookmarks and pondering the implications for KM.
A simple and easy way to get to grips with this powerful social bookmarking tool.
It is hard to articulate my excitement / gut feel that this going to be something important to knowledge workers - I just feel it!!
Here are some thoughts:
Advantages of social bookmarks
* storing key links on the net vs. on a local computer - allows access from any machine at any time, e.g. the local library (old hat, Backflip did this too)
* a fast and very effective way to keep track of stuff - this means you are not waiting for the Google spider to visit any longer. You can get a RSS ping as soon as a link is added.
* examining tags per link, gives you a feel for how the rest of the world sees things vs. your private ontology.
* using a 'secret' group tag allows group members to alert each other of key links - a pull rather than e-mail push mechanism.
* applying 'flat' tags (single words) is far more flexible than operating within a hierarchy of folders (facetted classification).
* monitoring 'new' links on the delicious 'front page' or 'popular' page gives a feel for breaking news.
On a more speculative note:
1. The tags used by an individual provide an emergent interest profile as the frequency is tabulated you get a semi-quantitative way to characterize their current domain focus - provided they are using Delicious for dumping most of their important links.
2. The tag 'profile' for any URL provides a way to appreciate the relationships between that object and an aggregate of world views. This helps with evaluation and clarification of meaning - kind of 'how others see this'.
As this genre develops I'm sure we will see tags being used in very interesting ways, e.g. 'toberead', 'project_abc', 'great stuff' and other personal or group categories. These are early days - Delicious only started in mid November '04 !! I expect to see flat tags used in many applications in the year ahead, with some very surprising results.
Collecting thoughts - please contribute.