A couple of days ago some of my twitter friends who are videobloggers started talking about Yak Pack. The metaphor is a web walkie talkie. It is a little widget that allows live chat on any web site. The videobloggers were using it on their wiki. When I arrived to check it out, I heard Michael Verdi talking to a few others about the video blogging documentary. It was a little strange, reminded me of citizen band or "CB" radios we used to use as teens in the late 1970's.
I'm connecting it to the questions that came up on yesterday's Community Squared telephone conference to discuss tagging communities and got onto the topic of how online communities are changing given Web2.0. I was reflecting about snippets of conversation that happen around tagged items in the NpTech tagging community -- although not all have been deeply reflective conversations. I used the metaphor of a school of fish swimming together in a tag stream. Etienne, or someone asked "Does swimming together in a tag stream make us a community?"
So, here's a tool that may (or may not) facilitate those conversations around "stuff" or tagged items. And, there's been some emerging use in this way, of course, from the online learning/educator community.