By Kevin O'Keefe

Blogging LegalTech, or lack thereof, continued

Legal technology leader Bob Ambrogi offers that the absence of blogging from LegalTech may be because the conference leaves little time for blogging and is not indicative of our profession’s lagging in tech innovation.

…I often find that I have little time for attending many of the panels and presentations — ostensibly the main reason for being there. Simply making one’s way around the exhibit hall and speaking to the many vendors and the many people you encounter along the way easily consumes a full day. Then there are the side meetings and the networking and, yes, the cocktails and dinners.

Point well taken Bob. Most people are not going to blog from a conference. But seems very strange that I can pull up 102 posts from the last day and 43 for the last 12 hours for ‘Demo 2007,’ the premier launch venue for new products, technologies, and companies for the nation’s top technology executives and IT professionals. And Demo has an equal, if not greater number, of presenters, vendors, cocktails and the like.

The reason is that people on the leading edges of technology are sharing their observations and insight in real time. The result is a live discourse between not only attendees, but also by bloggers around the country. Such conferences feature bloggers (Demo link on front page of site) and look for the excitement and discussion they create.

Legal technology professionals can certainly take a more laid back and deliberate approach, sharing their recollections when they return home from LegalTech. It’s just a different way of doing things than tech folks and non legal tech conferences.

In the long term I think you’ll see more and more of this amateur reporting and real time discussion. The fact that legal tech professionals are not following the trend is further evidence that we’re lagging in adopting innovative technology.

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Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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