Seeking to mitigate the negative publicity swirling around his client ahead of a murder trial, defense attorney Charles Grose asked a judge to expand a gag order to include the victim’s mother, other members of her family and all their online supporters.
ROCHESTER, NY — Social media has been around for more than a decade now, but it’s only been in recent years that lawyers have begun to fully realize what a treasure trove of useful information can be obtained from it throughout the litigation process. Of course, mining social media for evidence has both drawbacks and […]
A little over a year ago, I wrote about the plusses of Google+, but also observed that it didn’t seem like many lawyers had embraced the platform for marketing. Not long afterward, Google launched “Authorship,” and if you’ve previously been resistant to Google+, it’s time to reconsider. To illustrate its effectiveness, go to Google and […]
ROCHESTER, NY – It would seem that after many years of convincing, most lawyers are finally, at long last, fully aware of social media and are trying to use it to their benefit. Some are succeeding. Others — not so much. In fact, some are failing quite spectacularly in a rather grand — and very […]
MICHAEL HAMMOND and MARK POWERS Want to party 24/7? Marketing experts Tim Tobin and Lisa Braziel suggest that social media is analogous to an ongoing, Internet-based, 24/7 cocktail party. Their book, “Social Media Marketing Is A Cocktail Party: Why You Already Know the Rules of Social Media Marketing,” makes the case that social media is […]
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A CLE program titled “War of the Roses in the Digital Age,” put on last month in Greensboro, included the presentation of a fake Facebook page that surprised attendees with its breadth of information and authentic feel. Family lawyer Ketan Soni had asked an attorney who would be at the seminar for permission to impersonate her virtually, using only information found online. Soni, who practices[...]
LinkedIn is billed as the “professional” social network, which is why lawyers dipping their toes into social media for the first time often start with LinkedIn. The problem is that as far as social networks go, LinkedIn hasn’t always been very, well ... social. In fact, up until very recently, it was a fairly static site without much daily activity worth following.
Ping pong balls kept bouncing into the attorneys standing near the table tennis area, but no one seemed to mind. They simply stepped aside to make room for the college students chasing the wayward balls. The attorneys kept talking and sipping their microbrews. This was a Legal Geek Meetup, and they were getting their networking done.
Corporate tweeters or bloggers — employees who post promotional and often entertaining commentary on behalf of their employers’ businesses — typically add much of their voice, their opinions and their snarky remarks to the information they disseminate on the company’s behalf.
When Charleston lawyer Gregory S. Forman posted a blog on his firm’s website with a headline that referred to a certain part of the male anatomy, he never imagined that he could be running afoul of state ethics rules. Forman hasn’t gotten into any trouble for the blog, which was titled “Perhaps he has a 2,000 mile long penis” and discussed whether cyber flirting constituted infidelity. But[...]
Just in case you needed another reason to be careful about your Twitter pictures, posts on Facebook or check-ins on Foursquare, a U.S. District Court judge in South Carolina has ruled that a company can compel discovery of a former employees’ social networking data as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
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