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Social Networking: An Introduction


Social networking presentation for Cincinnati Paralegal Association, February 25, 2010. Defines social networking, demonstrates general sites as well as several for the legal community, and addresses …

Social networking presentation for Cincinnati Paralegal Association, February 25, 2010. Defines social networking, demonstrates general sites as well as several for the legal community, and addresses risks and opportunities.

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  • 1.
  • 2. Social Networking: An Introduction
    Mary Jenkins, Law Librarian & Director
    Hamilton County Law Library
    for the Cincinnati Paralegal Association
    February 25, 2010
  • 3. The Outline:
    • Social networks/media: definitions
    • 4. Intro to general sites
    • 5. Intro to law/lawyer-specific sites
    • 6. Opportunities
    • 7. Risks
    • 8. Getting started
    • 9. Additional resources
  • What are social media?
    Social media are media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media supports the human need for social interaction, using Internet- and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers.
    Source: Wikipedia
  • 10. What can social networking do for me?
    Essentially social networking can help you:
    Increase your odds of being found among zillions of others;
    Give you a giant platform for enhancing your reputation;
    Meet others; and
    Learn about companies and potential openings.
    Source: Andrea Kay, Make the most of social networking experience
  • 11.
  • 12. Steven Leckart:
  • 13. Quick explanatory videos:
    Social Media in Plain English
    Social Networking in Plain English
  • 14. “No inherent risk”
    50,000 legal professionals are already blogging.
    Almost 1 million people in the legal profession are using social networking sites to share information and manage their connections.
    20,000 legal professionals are using Twitter and other microblogging services to collaborate, communicate, and meet new people.
    This is not to suggest social media use makes you immune from a state bar’s ethical rules of professional conduct. However, there’s no heightened and inherent risk stemming from using the tools themselves. As a member of the legal profession, you must always be on guard – no matter what the communication device looks like.
    “A Lawyer Can Have a Facebook Page”, Social Media Law Student, Oct. 4, 2009,
  • 15. Survey says:
    New survey data reveals that more than 70 percent of lawyers are members of an online social network - up nearly 25 percent over the past year - with 30 percent growth reported among lawyers aged 46 and over.
    Networks for Counsel Survey of almost 1,500 lawyers commissioned by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 16. General sites
  • Facebook
  • 20.
  • 21.
  • 22. Linkedin
  • 23.
  • 24. Plaxo
  • 25.
  • 26. Twitter
  • 27.
  • 28. Before we move on…
    What is the value of these sites?
    How would I make the most of my profile on these sites?
  • 29. Law-specific sites
    Legal OnRamp
    Martindale-Hubbell Connected
  • 30. LawLink
  • 31.
  • 32. Legal OnRamp
    Legal OnRamp is a Collaboration system for in-house counsel and invited outside lawyers and third party service providers. There are lawyers participating from over 40 countries, and a rapidly growing collection of content and technology resources.
    Basic services are free, so all members are expected to contribute to the community as a whole. If you are a law firm lawyer wishing to participate, please fill out the application questions in full, and specify what knowledge you would like to share with the Community.
  • 33. Legal OnRamp:“Learn, Share Expertise, Collaborate, Succeed”
  • 34.
  • 35.
  • 36.
  • 37. Martindale-Hubbell Connected
    What is Martindale-Hubbell Connected?
    Martindale-Hubbell Connected is a global online community designed specifically for legal professionals. It enables lawyers to quickly connect, network, communicate and collaborate with trusted and authenticated colleagues.
  • 38. Martindale-Hubbell Connected
  • 39.
  • 40. Risks
    Top 10 Things You Should Not Share On Social Networks
    1: Anything You Don't Want Shared
    2: Password Hints
    3: Your Password
    4: Personal Finance Information
    5: Your Address and Phone Number
    6: Photos of Your Kids
    7: Company Information
    8: Linking Sites
    9: Social Plans
    10: Personal Conversations
  • 41. Risks
    Be prepared: write policies -- See examples at
    20 things law firms need to have in their social media guidelines
    Lawyer’s Guide for Engaging in Social Media
    Firms develop guidelines for attorney social networking
  • 42. Opportunities
    • A great equalizer for solo and small firm lawyers
    • 43. Helps lawyers and prospective clients to find each other
    • 44. Raises a lawyer or law firm’s profile in a particular legal area
    • 45. Educates the public through free legal information
    • 46. Allows lawyers to keep abreast of the latest developments
    • 47. Helps lawyers share their information and ideas with their peers
    • 48. Allows the public to share their experiences
    • 49. Helps law firms and lawyers stay “top of mind” with existing clients
    • 50. Creates a two-way dialogue between legal profession and the public
    Source: Michael Carabash , “Social Media and the Law”, Dynamic Lawyers
  • 51. What were they thinking?
    Attorney serving as juror blogged about the trial
    Magistrate tweets about his cases
    Evidence of partying on Facebook leads to denial of continuance
    Judge and lawyer befriend each other on Facebook during trial
    Texting during deposition is the same as passing notes
    Using a 3rd party to friend a witness via Facebook to solicit info
    Attorney charged with posting ad seeking ‘secretary with benefits’
  • 52. Now what?
    • Think through your goals
    • 53. Decide on your commitment and a schedule
    • 54. Start simply with professional contacts (LinkedIn, M-H Connected)
    • 55. Try social networking on a personal level but be restrained (Facebook)
    • 56. Dip your toe in professionally with Twitter or a blog or a prospective client site
    • 57. Link between your sites for automatic updating
  • For more information
    How to Earn Respect in Social Media
    Ins and Outs of Social Networking for Lawyers: How Tough Is It to Cast Your Profile into Infinity?
    Legal Versus Social: 7 Steps To An Amicable Relationship
    Self-Marketing Is Key to Being a Top Lawyer
    How Social Media Can Actually Work
    Survey: Substantial Growth in Online Social Networking by Lawyers
    Social Networking Sites Carry Ethics Traps and Reminders
    Social Media and the Law
    Plugged In Lawyer, multiple issues
    5 Ways Law Firms Can Market With Social Media
    Lawyer’s Guide for Engaging in Social Media
    Lawyers & Social Networking
    Legal Marketing in a Web 2.0 World
    Search #socialmedia on Twitter
    Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook: book available for purchase, along with many others, plus titles in the law library’s collection
  • 58. In the county law library:
    Through the client's eyes : new approaches to get clients to hire you again and again
    KF311 .E92 2008
    The 2009 solo and small firm legal technology guide : critical decisions made simple
    KF320.A9 N45 2009
    Smart policies for workplace technologies : email, blogs, cell phones & more
    HF5549.5.P39 G84 2009
    The lawyer's guide to collaboration tools and technologies
    KF320.A9 M54 2008
  • 59. Contact me
    For more information or to discuss or do a walk through:
    Mary Jenkins, Law Librarian & Director
    Hamilton County Law Library
    IM/Twitter/Skype: jenkinscinci