Web 2.0 for Lawyers (SL CLE 11/22/2008)
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  • 1. Web 2.0 for Lawyers Kate Fitz (Cat Galileo) Nov. 22, 2008
  • 2. Today's Agenda
    • What is Web 2.0?
    • Blogs and RSS feeds
    • Social bookmarking (del.icio.us)
    • Collaborative applications and wikis (Wikipedia)
    • Social Networking (Facebook)
    • Next steps
  • 3. http://flickr.com/photos/9119028@N05/591163479/ What is Web 2.0?
  • 4. http://flickr.com/photos/9119028@N05/591163479/
    • Amorphous buzzword attached to any new Internet phenomenon
    • Core concept: Interactive Web software and services that enable easy publishing, reader/user participation, and the re-use of data in many formats
    • “ Participatory Internet” or the “Read/Write Web”
    What is Web 2.0?
  • 5. Web 2.0 tools …and how you might use them Blogs, Twitter, podcasts
    • Keeping current
    • Researching law, facts, background
    Wikis, concept maps, collaborative editing Collaborating with distant colleagues Social networks – Facebook, LinkedIn Networking (rainmaking!) Blogs, Twitter, podcasts
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Building professional reputation
  • 6. Keeping current – Law Blogs
    • Written by practitioners or scholars
    • Regularly updated news, case reports, and commentary on specialized topics
    • RSS feeds can deliver the news to you
  • 7. Finding blawgs – Justia search http://blawgsearch.justia.com/
  • 8. Law Professor Blogs http://www.lawprofessorblogs.com/
  • 9. Finding blawgs
      • ABA’s top 100 blawgs: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/aba_journal_blawg_100
    • There are also lists of blogs by category by
      • The ABA: http:// www.abajournal.com/blawgs /
      • Blawg: http:// www.blawg.com /
      • Law X.0 Taxonomy of Legal Blogs: http://3lepiphany.typepad.com/3l_epiphany/2006/03/a_taxonomy_of_l.html
  • 10. Evaluating blogs
    • Consider update frequency – too often may indicate shallow coverage, too infrequently may indicate lack of commitment
    • Check “about this blog” for info on author(s)
    • Do they archive, tag, and/or categorize posts to make it easy to find past info?
  • 11. Subscribing to blogs
    • First you need a “feed reader” – software that collects the headlines and summaries from blogs you subscribe to, so you can scan them and choose which to read in depth
    • Popular examples: Bloglines, Google Reader
    • Outlook and other email programs have feed readers built in
  • 12. Subscribing to blogs
    • Somewhere on the blog will be a link to subscribe
    • Look for text “Subscribe to this blog” or a button:
    • RSS and Atom are two “languages” that enable subscriptions. Either will work in most readers
    • Click the button. The next steps vary slightly from feed reader to feed reader
  • 13. Getting your RSS updates - Google List of new items – view by headline or brief summary List of subscribed blogs Click either arrow to visit original blog
  • 14. Getting your RSS updates - Bloglines List of new items for this feed only (GigaLaw.com) List of subscribed blogs (# of unread posts in parentheses) Click headline to visit original blog post
  • 15. It's not just blogs! RSS feeds can bring you news, case and legislation updates, and more
  • 16. Justia Federal docket search
  • 17. Subscribe to a Justia docket search Automatically learn when a person or company is sued in Federal court
  • 18. Social Bookmarking
    • Commoncraft video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x66lV7GOcNU
    • Best known: del.icio.us (featured in video)
    • I use furl.net – many others available
    • Insert a “widget” in your blog or website to feature your picks for your readers
    • Find the del.icio.us collection of someone with your own interests and subscribe (RSS again!) to see what they are tagging
  • 19. 0
  • 20. Archived bookmarks - searchable Search by keyword Filter by topic, if desired Find the user's picks useful? Consider subscribing (RSS again!)
  • 21. Archived bookmarks - searchable Wasn't there an article about Coke advertising in SL?
  • 22. Use bookmarks as content elsewhere Latest news – automatically updated whenever I bookmark a site in furl.net Combining content from different Web 2.0 sources is sometimes called a “mash-up”
  • 23. Use bookmarks as content elsewhere Same info “recycled” on the SL BA network – double duty! Info can be automatically reformatted to fit in with new page
  • 24. Wikis and collaborative projects
    • Wikis: not just Wikipedia!
      • Create your own (public or private) and invite editors to collaborate with you.
      • Use for collecting case info among several people; easily-updated procedures manual; project planning; more
    • Collaborative documents
      • Writeboard, Google Docs, mind or concept mapping, more
  • 25. This is a wiki
  • 26. And so is this Wetpaint wiki – free, hosted at wetpaint.com
  • 27. And this pbwiki wiki – “easy as a pb&j sandwich”
  • 28. Writeboard and other document editors Google Docs is common – you may have used a Google Docs spreadsheet to sign up for today's class!
  • 29. Collaborative concept mapping Use to brainstorm components of a project, topics for strategic plan, evidence for elements of a cause of action....
  • 30. Social Networks
    • Examples:
      • MySpace – high school
      • Facebook – college, young adults
      • LinkedIn – professional networking
      • Ning – private networks anyone can create
      • Martindale – new networking site aimed just at lawyers
  • 31. LinkedIn: Connections, groups, more I can't ever remember to visit and check my updates. Solution: RSS feed!
  • 32. Making connections
  • 33. Social Networks for investigation
    • “ firm partner Joan Malbrough said she helped secure shared custody for a client after finding his wife had posted sexually explicit comments on her boyfriend's MySpace page.” “Finding Treasures for Cases on Facebook” The National Law Journal, 10-15-07
  • 34.  
  • 35. Resources
    • Ming the Mechanic: Web2.0 (discussion of definitions) http://tinyurl.com/6c7lfe
    • “ Web 2.0 for Lawyers” Beyond Structured Settlements (blog) http://tinyurl.com/58jcln
    • The Machine is Us/ing Us Dr. Michael Wesch, Kansas State U. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g
    • 23 Things http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/