Web 2.0 for Lawyers (SL CLE)


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