Since posting the Del.icio.us Inside and Tagging behind-the-firewall posts, I've been pinged left right and center by a bunch of tagtastic people (both inside and outside Microsoft) regarding the topic of tagging within the enterprise / business context. I wanted to highlight for you two things I've seen recently that show where I think we're going with all this.
The first is a post by Waseem Sadiq, who works at Macaw in Holland. Waseem pinged me earlier today to let me know of a cool tagging behind-the-firewall case study he has written up over at his blog with an accompanying screencast.
"we actually have two different sets of applications. One that mimics the behaviour of del.icio.us and acts like a social bookmarking site (working on the same set of data), you can see a few screenshots of this application showing and posting bookmarks."
"Another application that we have built is what we call “Visor”, and is a much richer and dynamic application built on top of (what a coincidence) Microsoft’s WPF platform. This is the application I demo in the screencast"
In my view, del.icio.us-type application as a business server product is a total no-brainer in terms of its potential. I want one. The other app looks interesting, but until I play with it, I can't really give an opinion. The screencast helps, but I'm not really 'getting it'.
The other interesting find is Taglocity, an add-in application to Microsoft Outlook that provides a tagstatic interface into emails, calendar items, contacts and tasks.
"People send and receive a lot of email, and a significant part of people's time is in trying to manage their inbox, or find important information.
Using tags, through a simple user interface you already know, is more productive than many confusing inbox folders, complex rules or new applications to learn."
It's a powerful application and well worth a play. Taglocity is entering Beta 2, but I'm very impressed with Beta 1 - the application is already very feature-rich today. Check out a screencast that walks through the various scenarios. It has huge potential.
I'm getting very interested in this space - tagging inside and across businesses is going to get very big very quickly - and there is plenty of room for experimentation in this area. If there is anything you think I'd like to see in this context that you've developed or is in progress, just ping.
Update - just after I posted this, I caught Steve Eisner's post 'Cleaning up the tag-soup' - a nice read.