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Facebook becoming essential for law blog distribution

law blog distribution on FacebookWhen we founded LexBlog blog posts were delivered directly to readers via RSS feeds, email subscription, and users bookmarking blogs, in addition to Google searches. Fast forward 11 years and Facebook, with Google, dominates media distribution. Readers are no longer receiving blogs directly. Blog posts are being distributed socially. From Frédéric Filloux (@filloux), general manager … Continue Reading

Facebook to court law blog networks?

Facebook blog publishersFor many publishers Facebook and other social media have become a more important driver of traffic than Google. In the case of Facebook, as reported by Digiday’s John McDermott (@mcdermott), it’s not soley because of changes to Facebook’s Newsfeed more prominently featuring publishers’ stories. …[T]here’s a human component to Facebook’s recent embrace of the publishing … Continue Reading

New York Court rules Facebook may be used for service

Facebook law blogSocial media is establishing itself as an effective and reliable means of communication in this country. Even on legal matters. A New York Family Court Magistrate has ruled that a Staten Island man may use Facebook to serve his ex-wife legal notice that his child support payments should cease upon his son turning 21. Per … Continue Reading

Facebook appears to be expanding search

Facebook for lawyersFacebook is testing an expansion of its search feature, per TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez (@saraintampa). Facebook is enabling mobile users to search via keyword for old posts by friends, as well as content from pages they followed. The feature is only available to a small number of users for now. Called “Graph Search,” the feature was … Continue Reading

Facebook eliminating the junk in your News Feed

Facebook timelineAs reported by multiple sources this week, including Reed Albergotti (@WSJdigits) of the Wall Steer Journal, Facebook is cracking down on click bait. All too lawyers and other professionals I speak with complain about all the junk they see on Facebook. Part of the reason is that they don’t use it enough to help Facebook … Continue Reading

Blogging in parallel in Facebook

Facebook law blogWith the volume of people using Facebook and Facebook driving networking socially and business-wise, lawyers need to explore “blogging in Facebook.” I’m not referring to sharing one of your blog posts on Facebook, I am referring to posting in Facebook the type of piece you’d post on your blog, though a bit shorter. Management consultant … Continue Reading

Facebook still reigns among teens

Facebook for lawyersEvery time I mention the potential of Facebook, I hear that Facebook is on the decline, that younger people are no longer using Facebook. Not the case. Per Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), a senior editor at The Atlantic, aside from YouTube, Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook) are the most popular social networks in the country … Continue Reading

Facebook is not for auto-posting : It’s for engagement

Facebook for lawyers is a conversationI am beginning to use Facebook a fair amount to discuss things I’m passionate about. As with most people, I am passionate about personal things (my family at a Mariners’ game) and professional things (why legal executives ought to use social). I’m noticing lawyers and other legal professionals automatically posting items to Facebook with no … Continue Reading

Can you quit Facebook?

Quit Facebook as lawyerYesterday a lawyer friend of mine – on Facebook and in real life – announced she was shutting down her Facebook account for good. Like others, she could not accept Facebook’s invasion on her privacy, data mining, and selecting which of her posts friends would see based on algorithms. Perhaps a little callous, but I … Continue Reading

Posting your blog posts to Facebook?

Publish blog posts to FacebookCan you share business insight and commentary on Facebook? Should you? I intend to find out. I have been Facebook friends with First Amendment and media lawyer, Bruce Johnson (@BEHJ), and law professor and Internet/IP lawyer, Eric Goldman (@ericgoldman) for years. Their legal insight and commentary draws a lot of engagement in likes and comments. … Continue Reading

Could Facebook be the future of news?

Facebook as sources of newsI remember a few years ago when I heard that 45% of Americans were getting news on Facebook. I thought it sheer insanity. Facebook was for idle chit chat and gossip, wasn’t it? No more. Facebook’s newsfeed is getting smarter and smarter writes Anthony Wing Kosner (@akosner), a tech contributor to Forbes. This end-of-Facebook talk … Continue Reading

Facebook is dead and buried? Really?

A study of young people using Facebook funded by the E.U. has found that Facebook is “not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried.” This per Matthew Sparkes (@Sparkes) reporting for the Telegraph this morning. Professor Daniel Miller (@DannyAnth) of University College London, one of the researchers working on the project, writes … Continue Reading

Adding professional skills on Facebook ala LinkedIn

The Next Web’s Ken Yeung (@thekenyeung) reported over the weekend that Facebook is in the process of implementing a feature enabling users to add professional Skills, mirroring LinkedIn. From a Facebook spokesperson: We are currently testing a new option where you can add your professional skills to the work and education section of your timeline. To … Continue Reading

Lawyers ought not be friends with clients on Facebook?

California ethics lawyer, Megan Zavieh(@Zaviehlaw), writes at Lawyerist that for ethical reasons lawyers ought not be friends with clients on Facebook. The ethical reasons, per Zavieh: Facebook will make you look like you are having fun. When a client sees you having fun the client may file an ethics complaint when you’re delinquent in returning a call … Continue Reading

Facebook remains top social network, Google+, 2nd, and YouTube, 3rd

Steven Vaughan-Nichols (@sjvn) reports in ZDNet that Facebook remains the top social network with Google+ and YouTube battling for second. Facebook’s being number one with 1.1 billion members is not a surprise. EMarketer believes that just over half, 51 percent, of all internet users visit Facebook at least once a month. The company also stated that … Continue Reading
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