MySpace can be an excellent place for lawyers to network – assuming it’s a good fit for you personally.
MySpace is best suited to professionals who would be networking socially with the age and demographic group and that make ups the majority of facebook’s users. MySpace is best for lawyers who would find themselves drawn to the MySpace community even if they were not a lawyer.
If you’d be hanging out there anyway, why not let people know you’re a lawyer and network? If it feels forced and who’d feel out of place hanging out in MySpace, I don’t think it’s a good fit.
Look around MySpace, try it. Does it feel right for you? Are you meeting people you’d like to meet? How does it feel? If it feels comfortable after a bit, MySpace may be a good fit for you.
If not, MySpace would be just like networking somewhere offline where you felt out of place. It wouldn’t work.
If you have not used MySpace before, ask someone who has and who has used it to network. I’ve talked with Blog Business Summit’s Teresa Valdez Klein about MySpace and FaceBook. Teresa is a generation or two younger but deals with professionals on a regular basis. She’s been a good teacher – though I confess I have a long way to go.
Teresa, maybe we can get you to leave a comment about a lawyer could use MySpace to network. We’ll then feature it as a post for our lawyer community. And of course use it to promote Blog Business Summit. ;)