Twitter List of Law School Deans at the beginning of the year. I wanted to engage in the discussion and get to know more law school deans.created a
The list includes a list of the names of seventy-two deans who are tweeting and their tweets. I am sure I am missing some deans – I randomly searched for deans and found many by looking at who other deans were following on Twitter.
What are Twitter lists? From Twitter:
“Twitter Lists allow you to customize, organize and prioritize the Tweets you see in your timeline. You can choose to join Lists created by others on Twitter, or from your own account you can choose to create Lists of other accounts by group, topic or interest. Viewing a List timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the accounts on that List. You can also pin you favorite Lists to the top of your Home timeline so you never miss a Tweet from the accounts that are most important to you.”
Lists are not as complicated as Twitter makes it sound. You create a list by finding people you want to follow, go up to the upper right of their Twitter page and click on the three dots, which will get you a drop down list which includes the option to add or delete then from a Twitter list you created.
My interest in a Twitter list of law school deans is not an idle one.
I wanted to learn from law school deans and to find out what’s on their minds by seeing what they’re sharing. I also wanted to get to know them by retweeting their tweets with a quote, liking their tweets and replying to tweets.
I have not been disappointed. I am learning a lot and getting to know a number of law school deans. I’d be much more likely to reach out to one of the deans than I would have been a month ago.
I am apt to play around the net to see what works, but I created this Twitter list because LexBlog and the Open Legal Blog Archive have a strong interest in law school blogs – those published by students, professors and staff. Both the aggregation and curation of the blogs and getting to know the bloggers.
LexBlog also expanded its presence in legal academic publishing with law schools using our syndication portal portal – see McGeorge Law Today – which brings together blogs, podcasts and other insight and analysis of faculty, staff and alumni.
So sure, there was a business development motivation for the list.
But networking at business and social events, in the real world, is often accompanied by a similar motive. We learn from and do business with people with similar interests and with whom we’ve built a relationship.
The information shared and the engagement that follows, most of which does not include me, on this Twitter list beats the heck out of the discussion that ensues at a networking or social event.
Doesn’t hurt that law school deans are awfully smart and have combined these smarts with knowing how to run a good sized business.
So thirty days in, I am really enjoying following this list and engaging in the discussion when I have relevant interests.
To follow the tweets and people in my Law School Deans Twitter List all you have to do is go to the list and follow it. The list will then show up in your Twitter lists.