I’ve previously suggested that blogs could serve as radar for legal problems. A new, off-the-shelf tool from IBM should make that easier. 

IBM has released new software that Tracks Blogs, Web Content to Capture Buzz, Spot Trends Around Companies (spotted on beSpacific). It uses new full-text techniques IBM has developed that I’ve discussed in earlier posts.

How long before a law firm uses this product to identify legal problems it can solve for clients or in litigation or lobbying PR battles? Forward thinking CIOs and librarians should consider learning more about this software to see if it would be a helpful resource for lawyers. Or maybe the marketing chiefs will beat them to the punch.