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It took nearly 75 years after the telephone’s invention (1876) to reach 30 million phones in the United States (1948). Compare this to Facebook, which topped 1.9 billion monthly users in less than 15 years since its founding in 2004.
An apples-to-oranges comparison? Some lawyers might think so.
But other lawyers are paying attention. They’re not ignoring social media’s explosive growth.
If you’re a lawyer and you haven’t been paying attention to social media, it’s not too late.
For the social savvy lawyer (and the unsavvy lawyer who wants to get up to speed), here’s a list of articles and insights into social media use and its impact on the law.
Social media has replaced email as our primary means of electronic communications. Since 2009, there have been more social network users than email users worldwide. Moreover, there is now more time spent on social media than email – and that amount of time continues to grow.
Seventy three percent of adults in the United States use social media and yes, surprisingly enough, many of them are attorneys.
The online publication Attorney at Work recently published a free Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing. It’s an impressive piece of work that both breaks down results of a survey of its own readers and bundles a range of useful independent articles.
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Voting agers (my own term) believe the voting age should be lowered to 16. They’re not as noisy or influential as other political agitators, but they’re very much real and very much determined.
THE CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT AND Rule (COPPA) is a federal law that places parents and legal guardians in control over the collection, use, and disclosure of their children’s personal information (PI).
Like it or not, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat have become an indispensable part of political campaigns and the vast majority of lawmakers’ offices. And with numerous studies showing the overwhelming connection between social media use and civic engagement, that is not likely to change any time soon.
Winning clients means putting your best face forward. Does this mean a lawyer’s “ticked-off” face? That’s what history or popular culture would have you think.
Writing for online audiences on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook is a skill that can offer lawyers a distinct career advantage, and law schools should consider making it a core competency of legal education, according to a recent academic paper.
The ability to access content anytime, anywhere and through any device has created a shift in how and where people consume news. According to Pew Research, 'Millennials' (born 1981-96) prefer to consume news directly from social media, whereas 'Baby Boomers' (born 1946-64) are far more likely to place their trust in local TV.
It’s not unheard of for TV shows—like Saturday Night Live—or parody news sites—like The Onion—to bend the latest headlines to their will for the sake of comedy.
As of 2010, the state with the highest Facebook penetration rate - and conceivably one of the most social media-friendly populations, given Facebook’s status then and now as the nation’s most popular social networking site - was Washington.
Social media has forced me (happily) to view thousands of legal posts. Some have put me to sleep; others have inspired me. The great ones, they’ve stuck in my head over the last seven plus years. I don’t need algorithms or analytics to define their greatness.
A lawyer’s LinkedIn profile only constitutes attorney advertising if it meets a series of criteria, according to a recent New York City ethics opinion, and isn’t subject to legal advertising rules if not posted specifically for the purpose of attracting clients.
Today’s college coaches are clobbering the 1st Amendment. Social media is being banned; student-athletes are being muzzled. Minnesota, Purdue, Connecticut, Clemson, Florida State … they’re just a few of the transgressors.
In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has closely examined employee discipline related to conduct over social media to ensure that employers do not infringe on employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). To minimize the risk of NLRB scrutiny, you should counsel the employer to consider the following issues before they undertake such discipline.
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