LegalTech NY-2d seminar

Posted on February 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The topic of this seminar is: “Best practices for online networking.”

As I listen to the panel members I am again struck by how lawyerly the discussion tends to be. There is so much “corporate speak” with buzz words being used for Web 2.0 concepts, almost in an attempt to control the wicked best that is social media.  The catch phrases seem to denigrate the “cute” little concept of social media and attempt to forcefully morph it into a “serious,” formal, manageable and somehow “safe” medium.

One thing that comes to mind as I listen to the panelists is whether there is a distinction between “social networking” vs. “professional networking”? John Lipsey of Lexis-Nexis seems to think so and that comports with conversations I’ve had recently on Twitter in DMs regarding Lexia-Nexis’ (beta) lawyer networking website, Martindale Connected.

Panelist Eugene Weist indicates that he has two Blackberrys, one for his professional network and one for his personal network.  In other words, he makes a concerted effort to keep the two separate.

I don’t think they’re necessarily mutually exclusive, and in fact, overlap significantly.  Lawyers need to get past that idea.

In fact, as I type this, Robert Ambrogi commented on that very issue and expressed his amazement that Weist was able to keep the two separate. Good to know that I’m not alone in my observation.

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I tend to agree with your assessment that social media done right is not bifurcated* into professional versus personal efforts. Though one must keep in mind how conservative most lawyers are when it comes to doing just about anything. There seems to be an innate repulsion against too much informality. There seems to be a corresponding generational component on this point.

*Just wanted to drop in some of the legal/corporate speak to bridge the gap.

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