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Do you have an obligation to serve on Twitter?

Nineteen people started following me on Twitter in the last day. Crazy, but almost 17,000 people and organizations now receive my Tweets. I am not saying this to impress you. Walking from the ferry into the office this morning it dawned on me that I have an obligation to serve these folks. Not an obligation … Continue Reading

Twitter lists for business development : Get dancing

My friend Steve Matthews (@stevematthews), founder of Stem, a web strategy and development company for law firms, shared last week why he is a big fan of Twitter lists. Steve offered a number of reasons why he likes Twitter lists, including the ability to follow people via a list without actually “following” them and the … Continue Reading

Slick Twitter feature : Notification of favorited tweets

Harrison Weber (@harrisonweber) of The Next Web shared this morning that Twitter has expanded its alerts to notify you when someone favorites a tweet you’re mentioned in. Until now you received an alert only when someone favorited one of your tweets. Yes, this may seem like a minor change, but it expands Twitter’s existing notification … Continue Reading

Twitter is a reporter’s dream : Opportunity awaits lawyers

Twitter is a reporter’s dream, per Janine Gibson (@janinegibson), Editor in Chief of the Guardian US, speaking today at the Social Media Summit presented by the New York Times, Knight Foundation, and the BBC Academy’s College of Journalism. “Twitter is always first with news now,” New York Times President, Mark Thompson, told the Summit, “TV … Continue Reading

Twitter handle is your identifier

There’s a lot of discussion on the net of late of the need to develop and use a Google+ Profile, also known as an identifier. No question I am working on my Google Profile through my activity on Google+, but your identity of record for now is your Twitter handle. How do I identify you … Continue Reading

Nielsen-Twitter partnership : A lesson for lawyers and law firms

We’ve come a long ways since the days of watching Ozzie and Harriet and Dick Van Dyke. Rather than just receiving a broadcast show on black and white TV’s with rabbit ear antennae, we’re spontaneously exchanging thoughts about what we’re watching with people across town and across the country. Nielsen, TV’s longstanding provider of metrics, wants in on … Continue Reading

Twitter rolls out ability to download your Tweets

Worry no more about losing a history of what you’ve been reading and sharing. Twitter is keeping CEO Dick Costolo’s promise. Per The Next Web’s Martin Bryant (@MartinSFP) Twitter has started rolling out the option to download all of your tweets. An archive link is available on the bottom of your settings for those of … Continue Reading

False information posted to twitter is quickly vetted

Hurricane Sandy made clear that Twitter is the go to place for breaking news on events and emergencies. But with open-source news comes challenges. One challenge is the accuracy of the information shared. With the low barrier to entry combined with the urge to publish, many people are tempted to break news before checking their … Continue Reading

Lawyers don't need more Twitter followers

For lawyers and law firms who look at social media as a broadcast tool they’re apt to want to get as many followers as possible on Twitter. Not so fast writes Eva Abreu (@EvaAbreuNJ) of New Jersey’s Daily Record (@DailyRecord). Do you really need more Twitter followers? Though it seems like you’d want to get … Continue Reading

What lawyers and law firms can learn from KitchenAid's social media debacle

The Internet is a fast moving and unforgiving place. The appliance maker, KitchenAid (@KitchenAidUSA), learned this after a tasteless tweet regarding the President’s grandmother was sent from their corporate Twitter account during Wednesday night’s presidential debate. The person behind the KitchenAid tweet made the mistake of sending the tweet from the company Twitter account instead … Continue Reading

Lawyers guide to Twitter language and acronyms

One of the most difficult parts of using twitter is condensing your thoughts into 140-chracters or less. Although often complained about, the 140-character limit is Twitter’s core feature and differentiates it from other social networking sites. On top of the character limit, Twitter has a language of it’s own. The abbreviations and lingo are helpful … Continue Reading

Who's Tweeting live from courtroom in the Apple v Samsung trial?

The month-long Apple-Samsung Patent trial started a couple days ago and will continue for nearly a month. To get the live blow by blow directly from the courtroom follow theses reporters journalists live tweeting from the courtroom. Howard Mintz (@hmintz), legal affairs reporter at Mercury News in Silicon Valley is live blogging the trial and tweeting personally. … Continue Reading

How I would teach lawyers to use Twitter?

I just shared statistics on how fast Twitter usage is growing. 15% of Americans are using Twitter with 8% using it daily. Those numbers double those of last year, and quadruple the year before. Twitter is not just for idle chit chat, but it is becoming a key medium for how we receive news and … Continue Reading