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Facebook patents method to determine a lawyer’s expertise

Facebook lawyer ratingThough not directed specifically at lawyers, Facebook has been granted a patent which identifies experts and their degree of influence. Rather than a directory of lawyers and other professionals rated by numbers or personal andectotes, Facebook will deliver something more valuable to both experts and the consumers of professional services. Here’s a diagram that charts … Continue Reading

Facebook opening a whole new world of search for lawyers

Facebook lawyer ratingFacebook’s new keyword post search, mining one trillion of our posts, is akin to a whole new wing of the Internet, like websites by Google and knowledge by Wikipedia. This from TechCrunch’s Josh Constine (@joshconstine). With a search corpus that’s larger than Google’s you have to agree with him. Facebook represents a heck of a … Continue Reading

Facebook dumps Bing. Are we looking at the next Google?

Facebook searchAs reported over the weekend by Reuters’ Alexei Oreskovic (@lexnfx), Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move comes as Facebook introduces Monday a search tool allowing users to search across comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook. As Oreskovic explains, Facebook search … Continue Reading

Will Facebook be your newspaper of the future?

Lawyers complete profile on FacebookInstead of newspaper moguls and editors deciding the news everyone sees, Facebook’s algorithms can tailor the news to the interests of the individual, delivering a mix of world news, community events, and updates about friends and family. This from Rob Lever (@rleverafp) reporting that Facebook is realizing its goal of becoming the personalized newspaper for … Continue Reading

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