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November 4, 2008

Twitter 101 for Lawyers

Twitter 101 for Lawyers « Practicing Law in the 21st Century

Niki Black has an excellent article on how lawyers can use Twitter:

Twitter is a free, Web-based communications platform that allows users to share information with others who have similar personal and professional interests. Users communicate using text-based posts (“tweets”) of up to 140 characters in length.

Twitter currently has more than 3.2 million accounts registered, and its user base is expanding quickly. Companies and individuals use Twitter in a variety of unique ways, which are constantly evolving.

November 21, 2008

Twistory

Twistory

Add your Twitter backlog feed to your favorite calendar application and browse through your personal Twitter diary, making your Twitter history both fun and useful!

Subscribe to messages from any Twitter user in any popular desktop or online calendaring application (iCal, Google Calendar, etc.). Those messages are then automatically added to the calendar, at the appropriate day and time.

November 30, 2008

BigLaw Lawyers on Twitter

BigLaw Lawyers on Twitter

This is Securities Docket's running list of BigLaw Lawyers on Twitter. The loose criteria for inclusion is anyone currently or formerly with a major law firm who is posting on Twitter primarily about business law topics.

December 12, 2008

TwitSnip

Twitter Grader | Score Your Profile

TwitSnip is a simple tool for easily posting to Twitter. It lets you "quote" text on any web page. It does nifty things like looking up the @user for the website and linking back to the source. It shortens the URL too. It even tries to shorten the length of the tweet (when needed) using a twitabulary of short words.

December 15, 2008

Australian court serves documents via Facebook

Australian court serves documents via Facebook - web - Technology - smh.com.au

Hat tip to @BentleyTolk

Nick Abrahams
December 12, 2008

The big question about Facebook is does it have any valuable commercial application? Well it seems that the courts have found one.

Today in what appears to be a first in Australia and perhaps the world, Master Harper of the ACT Supreme Court ordered that a default judgement could be served on defendants by notification on Facebook.

January 8, 2009

Tweetree

Tweetree - Birds in a tree.

Tweetree puts your Twitter stream in a tree so you can see the posts people are replying to in context. It also pulls in lots of external content like twitpic photos, youtube videos and more, so that you can see them right in your stream without having to click through every link your friends post.

January 9, 2009

tweetvisor

Real-time updates about your favorite topics, news and tweets

BETA
 Real-time updates about your favorite topics, news and tweets.

This Twitter organizer is brand new and looks good. It allows you to manage multiple accounts; i.e., both business and personal.

January 17, 2009

TweetEffect

TweetEffect- When did you lose or gain twitter followers?

Twitter is a great way to keep in contact, distribute news and generally tell people what you are up to. The success of Twitter users is generally measured in the amount of people that follow your updates.

You get information on your Twitter profile as to how many people follow you and you get notified when someone follows you. However, there is no notification when someone stops following you and you generally don't have any insight into when people follow or leave you.

This is where the TweetEffect comes in - simply enter your twitter name and they analyze your 200 latest updates and flag those up that made people follow or leave you.
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Hat tip to @Guy Kawasaki

February 13, 2009

AlertThingy

AlertThingy

AlertThingy v3 brings the very latest updates from your favourite social networks direct to your desktop. Plus send Tweets, update your Facebook status, upload photos to Flickr, post to Tumblr and more. With v3 AlertThingy makes it faster and easier to manage the online you. Plus you get an RSS reader.

Now, for business users they have Yammer, Basecamp and Huddle integrations. So you can mix work and play.

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Requires Adobe AIR be installed first.

February 23, 2009

How to Present While People are Twittering

How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio


Posted by Tamar Weinberg
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This is a guest post from esteemed presenter and expert Olivia Mitchell.

People used to whisper to each other or pass hand-scribbled notes during presentations. Now these notes are going digital on Twitter or via conference-provided chat rooms.

Up until now, this back-channel has been mainly confined to the Internet industry and technology conferences. However, a survey of leadership conferences from Weber Shandwick shows that there is a significant increase in blogging and twittering at conferences.

So the next time you present at a conference, instead of being confronted by a sea of faces looking at you, you may be phased by a sea of heads looking down at their laptops. The challenge is how to adapt to presenting with the back-channel.

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This practical article is required reading for those who present to audiences equipped with Twitter.

March 4, 2009

NYSBA Is On Twitter

Our own New York State Bar Association is on Twitter. If you’d like to "follow" the association, please visit http://twitter.com/NYSBA

April 21, 2009

Richard Susskind: The End of Lawyers? Free Webcast

[Apr. 22] The End of Lawyers? The End of Law Schools?
Professor Richard Susskind, Author of "The End of Lawyers?" and IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England

Wednesday, April 22, 12:15 pm
Griswold Hall 110, Harvard Law School
RSVP required for those attending in person (rsvp@cyber.law.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast live at 12:15 pm ET.

Will lawyers be casualties in the digital revolution? This is the controversial prediction of Richard Susskind, author of The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services. He believes that lawyers will have to ask themselves what elements of their current workload could be undertaken more quickly, more cheaply, more efficiently, or to a higher quality using different and new methods of working – because if they don’t, their competitors will. The market is unlikely to tolerate expensive lawyers for tasks that can be better discharged with support of modern systems and techniques.

Prof. Susskind predicts that the legal profession will be driven by two forces in the coming decade: by a market pull towards the commoditization of legal services, and by the pervasive development and uptake of new and disruptive legal technologies. The threat here for lawyers is clear - their jobs may well be eroded or even displaced. At the same time, for entrepreneurial lawyers, Susskind foresees quite different law jobs emerging which may be highly rewarding, even if very different from those of today.

Is the same true of law schools? Is the current model of legal education facing radical change? Prof. Susskind will explore these and other challenging questions in a lecture open to the entire Law School community.

About Richard Susskind
Richard Susskind has specialized in legal technology for 25 years, advising firms and governments. Since 1998, he has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England. In 2003, he was appointed by the Cabinet Office as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information. He holds law professorships at Gresham College in London and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Susskind is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and earned a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society.

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Richard Susskind's Publius essay on Realising the Value of Public information

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Sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

April 28, 2009

TweetBeep

Twitter Alerts - TweetBeep.com

TweetBeep, allows you to sign up for e-mail alerts to Twitter conversations that mention you, your firm, a client, your Web site or anything else.

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Hat Tip to Webwatch from law.com.

May 3, 2009

What the Trend?

What The Trend? Find out WHY terms are trending on Twitter

Find out what's trending on Twitter and why. For each trend, they give you a quick explanation of WHY it's trending (these blurbs are edited by you!) You can also see the latest tweets, Flickr photos and news stories.

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Hat tip to TechCrunch.

July 22, 2009

TwitWall

Welcome! TwitWall - Instant Blogging Companion for Twitter

Just sign-in and your blog is created automatically.
When its too long to tweet, just TwitWall it! With TwitWall, you can embed your favorite videos and widgets, upload your photos, mp3 music or podcasts, - you name it. You can still enjoy the many customization features of Twitter.

Simply Sign-In or Sign-Up on Twitter!

August 7, 2009

FREE NYSBA WEBCAST: Social Media Basics for Networking Attorneys and How to Make LawJobs.com Work for You


Thursday, August 13, 2009
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Free Live Webcast

Session Six of the Committee on Lawyers in Transition 2009 Career Development series will cover social media basics for networking attorneys and how to use lawjobs.com.

Panelists: Barbara Beauchamp, NYSBA Web Site Editor, Brenda Estrada, Operations Manager, Lawjobs.com, and Joseph Alesci, Help Desk Coordinator, Lawjobs.com. Register Online - www.nysba.org/August13thWebcast

August 21, 2009

TWEET IDEAS: 13 Things to Do on Twitter Besides Tweet

TWEET IDEAS: 13 Things to Do on Twitter Besides Tweet

Tired of delivering the typical stream of status updates on Twitter?

Thanks to an open API and a philosophy of interconnectivity, Twitter’s vast array of third-party services has you covered on a number of alternative uses for the famed microblogging tool.

Click here to take a look at a few of them.

September 29, 2009

4 Good Alternatives to TweetDeck & Seesmic Desktop (Twitter Desktop Clients)

4 Good Alternatives to TweetDeck & Seesmic Desktop (Twitter Desktop Clients)

4 Good Alternatives to TweetDeck & Seesmic Desktop (Twitter Desktop Clients) in Hootsuite; Brizzly Tweethive; and Seesmic Web.

October 2, 2009

Feed Demon 3.0

http://www.newsgator.com/

So you want to stay up to date with news from the Boston Globe and the New Orleans Times-Picayune and 75 other news outlets as well? Feed Demon 3.0 can make it happen. This recently released edition of the popular RSS news aggregator syncs effectively with Google Reader, and it makes it easy to update your subscriptions and share items with others. Visitors should also note the application's compatibility with Twitter feed reading and tagging features. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 95 and newer

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October 8, 2009

Swift.fm

Emily Chang - eHub

Swift.fm
Create a custom radio station programmed by your friends using Twitter. (Link: Swift.fm)

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Hat Tip to Emily Chang- eHub

October 14, 2009

How to break up in an online world—and avoid e-stalkers

How to break up in an online world—and avoid e-stalkers - Ars Technica

Breaking up is indeed hard to do. It can be even harder when you realize that you follow your ex (and more importantly, your ex follows you) on all the social networks—especially if one or both of you really shouldn't be. Follow these basic steps to make life easier and protect yourself from being bugged, harassed, or stalked.

By Jacqui Cheng | Last updated October 13, 2009 6:25 AM CT

October 25, 2009

30+ Apps for Doing Business on Facebook

30 Apps for Doing Business on Facebook

Josh Peters is a freelance social media consultant from Salt Lake City, Utah. He authors a blog at Shuaism.com.

Think LinkedIn is the only place for business? Facebook is growing rapidly and it’s becoming a destination for businesses and business professionals alike to establish a presence. Here are over 30 Facebook applications to help promote, network, communicate, collaborate and accomplish more with your business.

November 20, 2009

Tweetwally

A place to display only the tweets you’re interested in from everywhere on Twitter, use it to track hashtags, usernames, and keywords. URL: Tweetwally

A tweetwall lets you display only the tweets you’re interested in from everywhere on Twitter, use it to track hashtags, usernames, and keywords. The possibilities are up to you.

To get started, choose a hashtag, username, or keyword. You can filter the results further and customize your Tweetwall on the next screen.

Share your tweetwall with the world! Embed it in your site, or direct viewers to your own Tweetwally URL.

Hat tip to Emily Chang at ehub

January 2, 2010

Clay Shirky | Spark | CBC Radio

Have you ever played around with a gadget or application, only to discover it’s absolutely perfect for something different from its original design? This kind of inventiveness, or playfulness, happens all the time in our digital environment, but it signals a major shift in the relationship between the inventor or designer and the user.

CBC interviewed Clay Shirky about just that earlier this week. Clay is a big thinker on internet and culture, and he has a lot to say about how users shape the tools they use and how designers should respond to this new “interaction loop.”

Listen here:

http://podcast.cbc.ca/spark/spark_20091009_clayshirky.mp3

January 23, 2010

myEN

myEN (Evernote) (myen) on Twitter

myEN lets you save tweets directly into your Evernote account. Here's how to set it up:

Step 1: Follow myEN

Step 2: You will receive a direct message from myEN containing a link. Click the link.

Step 3: Sign into Evernote and link your Evernote and Twitter accounts. If you don't have an Evernote account, sign up. It's free.

You're all set! Now add '@myEN ' to any public tweet, or DM new notes to myEN

February 10, 2010

Google Buzz

Official Google Blog:

"Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It's built right into Gmail, so you don't have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch — it just works. If you think about it, there's always been a big social network underlying Gmail. Buzz brings this network to the surface by automatically setting you up to follow the people you email and chat with the most. We focused on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don't have to use different tools to share with different audiences). Plus, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox, so you're sure to see the stuff that matters most as it happens in real time."

Hat Tip to beSpacific

UPDATE: Questions have been raised by users about Google Buzz and the privacy of their email correspondents, specifically about "autofollowing" disclosing who you email and who emails you.

See: Lawyers...Careful with Google Buzz

See: Google's Statement on the issue

Finally: Google Abandons Autofollowing

February 24, 2010

Grogger


Grogger|Crowdsource your Content

Grogger is enabling the next evolution of publishing through Grogs--"group blogs"--that enable publishers to crowdsource their content.

April 1, 2010

Ignite law 2010

About | Ignite Law

Started by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O'Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of Etsy.com, formerly of MAKE Magazine, Ignite was inspired by Pecha Kucha Nights, where speakers are given 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, giving each speaker 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame.

The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006. Since then, the event has become an international phenomenon, with hundreds of 5-minute talks having been given all over the world. Besides Seattle, there are thriving Ignite communities in Portland, Sydney, Boulder, Helsinki, Baltimore, NYC, Boise, Oklahoma City and more.

As one of the first topic-specific Ignite events, IgniteLaw will ask each presenter to share their vision (in six minutes) of the future of law practice.

Check out videos of the presentations-none more than six (6) minutes long--except Tom Mighell, of course.

June 10, 2010

Sui Generis: Why You Need an RSS Feed Reader

Sui Generis--a New York law blog: Why You Need an RSS Feed Reader

Nicole Black:

Whenever my colleagues approach me for advice about setting up a blog, the first thing I do is ask them which RSS feed readers they use?

Most of the time I’m met with a blank look, which never ceases to amaze me given how long feed readers have been around.

Using an RSS feed reader is such an important step to take, and since I continue to be met with puzzled expressions whenever I broach the subject, I figured it Is high time I explained the concept more fully.

An RSS feed is a summary of website content that can be found on most news websites and blogs. An RSS feed reader is a web-based application that allows you to subscribe to the RSS feed of various websites, then aggregates the multiple feeds, allowing you to read them at a single location.

Read More...

June 11, 2010

feedly

feedly: a magazine-like start page

feedly organizes your favorite sites into a fun, magazine-like start page based on Google Reader and Twitter.

The web site automatically recognizes your browser, post instructions for installation, and provides a link for downloading. this is an excellent resource for legal bloggers.

July 22, 2010

Eyejot

Eyejot - the easiest way to send video

Sending video messages with Eyejot is as easy as sending email. There is no software to download or install. Just login to your account, record or upload your video, and send! The recipient gets a friendly email message telling them they have a new video message, and they can watch it with a single click. No registration required.

August 8, 2010

IF YOU LIKE FACEBOOK®, YOU'LL LOVE THIS APP

Vonage Mobile. Internet Phone Service for Mobile International Calls.

Make your voice heard on Facebook® with the new Vonage Mobile app for your mobile device. Call or IM anywhere in the world for FREE with a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. Learn how you can download and start making FREE calls to anywhere. (Check with your mobile carrier as data charges may apply.)
Download the free app, then call or IM your Facebook® friends around the globe for free.


Call all your Facebook® friends for free when you both have the app. No need to remember friends's numbers or share yours. Call using your Facebook® friends list.

Works over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G networks.
Free to download, free to use. Get the app at the iTunes App Store, the Android™ Market, or enter a U.S. mobile number to get a download link on your mobile phone.

Available for iPhone®, iPod touch® and Android OS devices.
Pay no international roaming charges* €“ works anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection.

*Check with your mobile carrier as data charges may apply.

August 14, 2010

4food--Social Media & Fast Food

4food is a socially networked quick service restaurant company. Their mission is to bring fast food that's fresh, delicious, and nutritious to all ages, lifestyles, incomes, and ethnicities. No fads, fillers, or anything artificial. They're out to revolutionize counter culture, in real-time.

Location #1 opens at 7 am on Monday, September 7th, 2010 at 40th Street and Madison Avenue, between Bryant Park and Grand Central Station - the heart of the highest density workday population in the US.

Their signature product is the W(hole)burger™a donut shaped, beef, lamb, pork, turkey, veggie, salmon or egg patty-balanced (made whole) by one of 25 ethnically diverse Veggiescoop centers, each with unique nutritional attributes. They make Skewers with the holes they punch out of the patties, which when accompanied by Veggiescoop sides, become bunless, low-carb, sharing food.

You design your own burger and its filling online. It is posted for others to vote on. If you gather enough votes, you get discounts on your food at pickup time.

You can get $12 to spend in their restaurant by registering for a 4food account. Click here to get your $12!

August 22, 2010

Michael Arrington on Skype Etiquette

Michael Arrington, lawyer and high tech guru, gives pointers on Skype etiquette. (Read full article here).


Dropbox mobile

Ever wanted to use Dropbox but didn't have a computer nearby? Dropbox's mobile website (http://m.dropbox.com) makes it happen. With Dropbox mobile, you can browse and open files in your Dropbox directly from your phone or mobile device's browser.

They've also got apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android. Download them here for an even better Dropbox experience. It's free!

Own a Blackberry? Don't worry--Coming soon!

Get extra space free.

August 24, 2010

The Virtual Law Firm: How to Build Your Practice

October 10, 2010

NYTIMES: Apple Plans to Offer iPhone on Verizon

Apple to Offer iPhone on Verizon, Ending Exclusivity with AT and T - NYTimes.com

SAN FRANCISCO — Facing intense competition from phone makers wedded to Google’s Android software, Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, finally plans to make the iPhone available on Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the United States.

After more than three years of using only AT&T cellphone networks, Apple is now making a version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon’s network, according to a person who is in direct contact with Apple. Apple and Verizon will begin selling the phone early next year, said the person, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because the plans were supposed to be confidential and he did not want to alienate his contacts at Apple.

Apple and Verizon Wireless declined to comment.

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Read the entire article here.

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Verizon customers can only hope that Apple will stand firm against any attempts by Verizon to alter the iPhone OS.

REMEMBER THE RAZR

Those of us who bought Motorola Razrs from Verizon well remember the abomination calling itself "V-Cast" and other depredations committed upon the then most technically advanced phone of its time. Verizon, in a quest to wring every 25 cents out of the phone, disabled the excellent Motorola firmware and substituted its own OS, seemingly designed to deliberately hobble the Razr.

Camera? Verizon wouldn't let you use your camera to send photos to your computer without paying them 25 cents per photo.

BTW I'll take my share of the $90 million Verizon settlement for spurious charges that same proprietary Verizon OS billed, which it was not entitled to, as a credit on my iPhone purchase.

Hands off the iPhone OS, Verizon!!

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UPDATE: The WSJ reports that CDMA-based Verizon iPhone will not be able to multitask at outset. May change later.

Most notably, Verizon customers aren't able to surf the Web or exchange email while they're talking on their phone. Read entire WSJ article.

October 13, 2010

Prof. Salkin: Social Networking and Land Use Planning Regulation: Practical Benefits, Pitfalls and Ethical Considerations

SSRN-Social Networking and Land Use Planning Regulation: Practical Benefits, Pitfalls and Ethical Considerations by Patricia E. Salkin

Patricia Salkin
Albany Law School

Patricia E. Salkin is the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School.


Pace Law Review, Forthcoming

Abstract:
This article explores how social networking sites have been used or might be used in the land use context. Part I focuses on the use of social networking for land use planning and zoning. It includes a discussion of the pros and cons of the use of social networking sites to present public information and to gather public input and invite general participation in the process, as well as to provide notice to the public of forthcoming government decision-making. This section offers concrete examples of how this technology is currently being used in the land use context. Part II focuses on the professional ethical considerations of the various players in the land use game as it specifically relates to the use of social networking sites. For lawyers, the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct are examined and for Planners, the Code of Ethics of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is explored for guidance. The article concludes with a warning that that although there are benefits to the use of social networking tools for land use planning and zoning initiatives, attorneys, government agencies, planners and others should use caution when employing these tools, being certain to weigh ethics and professionalism implications, social justice goals and public participation mandates and aspirations against the advantages of these tools, and the uncertainty of how courts might apply myriad legal mandates in cyberspace.

Download the entire article in pdf here.

October 15, 2010

HootSuite

For people with a wide range of social media responsibilities, HootSuite is a great way to stay connected. HootSuite allows individuals and business teams to coordinate social media connections with their easy-to-use interface that includes scheduled updates, one-click message dissemination, and smart-phone capabilities. The basic (and free) option allows for use of two RSS feeds, five social networks, and 30 days of statistical history. This version is compatible with all operating systems, including Linux

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. http://scout.wisc.edu/

October 19, 2010

TechCrunch: Apture Highlights to Search Scribd

Scribd Partners With Apture To Include Rich Media Contextual Browsing Within Content

Today, Apture has scored a pretty significant deal with document-sharing site Scribd to allow users to use Apture Highlights on the tens of millions of public documents on the content platform.

As we wrote in August, ‘Apture Highlights’ plugs the “search leak” that is taking place with content on the web. The feature allows you to highlight any word or phrase on a page and instantly bring up search results in a window. The startup brings results from 60-plus sources including YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google and more for extra context around content.

Now, when users are reading documents, books, or other works on Scribd, they will be able to highlight any word, and Apture will open a small browser within the page to search for the additional information on Google, Bing or Yahoo.

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Read entire article on TechCrunch

October 22, 2010

DocumentCloud

DocumentCloud

DocumentCloud is both a repository of primary source documents and a tool for document-based investigative reporting. Think of the repository as a card catalog for primary source documents. They're building tools that accelerate the work of reporters who need to make sense of large sets of documents. (You can use it on small sets, too.)

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Although intended for reporters and news organizations, this is one killer app for analyzing and sharing depositions!! Take a look at the depositions from the mortgage foreclosure cases making headlines.

ProPublica has posted document (transcript), notes, and text, with annotations of "October 2010 Deposition by Kelly Scott, formerly of the Law Offices of David J. Stern"

also see:

"July 2009 Deposition by Erica Johnson-Seck of OneWest Bank"


October 24, 2010

TwitDoc

TwitDoc.com - the EASY way to share your documents on Twitter

The ability to easily 'tweet' your documents and pictures is an essential part of sharing information with your Twitter network.

The central idea behind TwitDoc.com is to make it easy to share your documents on Twitter. Before TwitDoc.com, you would upload your document to the internet, shorten the URL to link to the document, and post a tweet with the shortened URL to Twitter. With TwitDoc.com, you can do all of these steps at the same time. TwitDoc.com offers a free web-based upload form, a downloadable desktop upload utility, as well as an API for Twitter clients and web developers. And although TwitDoc.com is primarily built around the idea of sharing documents (PDF, DOC, XLS, etc.), they also handle many image formats (JPG, GIF, PNG, etc.) and expect to support other file types in the future.

November 14, 2010

MarkUp

Capture your thoughts quickly and easily by drawing on any webpage. Share your ideas with coworkers, colleagues, and friends. MarkUp works in your browser, so there’s nothing to download and install; just use the simple bookmarklet.

URL: MarkUP


Click below for a simple example:

http://markup.io/v/qxfq97hf69ke

January 1, 2011

HeyTell

HeyTell is a cross-platform voice messenger that allows you to instantly talk with and locate friends and family. No account needed -- just start the app, choose a contact, and push the button to start talking!

HeyTell for iPhone, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad available at iTunes App Store
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January 28, 2011

TweetDeck

Twitter logo initial

Image via Wikipedia


For those people who like to tweet, the TweetDeck application is quite a find. With this application, users can truly "tweet like a pro", as they will be able to customize their Twitter experience by creating groups, saved searches, and automatic updates. It is billed as "air traffic for Twitter", and that's a fairly apt description of this powerful tool. This version is compatible with all operating systems. 


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2011. http://scout.wisc.edu/


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March 17, 2011

Frenzy - The Dropbox powered social network


File based Frenzy uses Dropbox to store your feed items and keep everything in sync. You don't need another account and there's no other server involved. Simple and minimal Frenzy is designed to get out of your way and let you get right back to work. Use the key combo to share what you're looking at, type your message and then Frenzy will immediately return focus back to the application you were using. Works offline Because Frenzy uses Dropbox, your feed items sync whenever you're next online. No more connection problems or fail whales. Completely private Frenzy is designed from the ground up to be for just you and a bunch of your close friends. All the Frenzy data is kept inside your Dropbox folders.

[Editor's note:  this would make a very slick extranet for lawyers who would like to offer such a service to their clients]

For a limited time, download a free beta

Frenzy 0.5

Requires OS X 10.5+ Intel


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April 12, 2011

YouTube Blog: YouTube is going LIVE

Image representing YouTube as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

The initial roll out of YouTube Live, which will integrate live streaming capabilities and discovery tools directly into the YouTube platform for the first time, begins with a new YouTube Live browse page (www.youtube.com/live). Subscribe to your favorite YouTube live-streaming partners to be notified of upcoming live streams on your customized homepage.

Their live streaming beta platform will allow certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing to stream live content on YouTube. The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead. 

Go to www.youtube.com/live to check out some of the live streams taking place.

NOTE: If you're a cricket fan, this is the place to watch India Premier League Cricket live.



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May 10, 2011

Better Facebook!

FREE Browser Extension for Tabbed News Feed, Themes (Skins), Advanced Feed Filters, Comment Tracking, Expand Similar Posts, and More!

The time saved in being able to preview a larger version of any thumbnail is well worth the minimal effort to install and use this extension.





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May 14, 2011

YouTube - Music




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June 6, 2011

Cyberlaw Clinic | Berkman Center

Cyberlaw Clinic 

The Cyberlaw Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate individuals, small start-ups, non-profit groups and government entities regarding cutting-edge issues of the Internet, new technology and intellectual property. Harvard Law School students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and earn course credit for working on a variety of real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, legislation, and transactional/licensing projects and cases.

The Berkman Center's Interactive collection features conversations with and talks by leading cyber-scholars, entrepreneurs, activists, and policymakers as they explore topics such as: the factors that influence knowledge creation and dissemination in the digital age; the character of power as the worlds of governance, business, citizenship, and the media meet the Internet; and the opportunities, role, and limitations of new technologies in learning.

All Berkman events, including conferences, luncheon series talks, and most meetings, are webcast then archived here, along with unique productions like the Citizen Media Law Project podcast and episodes of Berkman.tv. A selection of the archive is also available on Berkman's YouTube channel.


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June 7, 2011

All the New Apple Stuff - Gizmodo

The very bright folks at Gizmodo review Apple's latest and greatest.  Read all reviews here:

This Is iCloud

Apple's iCloud has emerged from the shadows, not only providing cloud backup for your apps and songs, but also photos, videos and contacts. Here's why we're stoked about iCloud. More »

All the New Apple StuffWhat's Brand New in OS X Lion

Apple's new big cat is here, and it's going to change a hell of a lot about the way you use your Mac. Like we said last time, the best parts of the iPad are now on your desktop. More »

All the New Apple StuffiOS 5: The Top 10 New Features

The new iOS 5 is here. It brings revamped notifications and many more new goodies for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Read on to learn more about the new features that matter.More »



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June 11, 2011

JURIST - Paper Chase: Iceland drafting new constitution using website, social media



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[JURIST] The government of Iceland [BBC backgrounder] is letting its general population help shape its new constitution through a number of new media formats, including theConstitutional Council website [in Icelandic], where new parts of the working draft [text, in Icelandic] are put on the site and rewritten to include public consensus. There are alsoTwitter and Facebook pages for comments, as well as a YouTube channel [official websites, in Icelandic] dedicated to the drafting process.







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July 6, 2011

Gizmodo: Facebook + Skype Video Chat = "Something Awesome" (Updated: Hands-On)


Facebook started Rollout Season 2011 with its answer to Google+ Hangouts today in the form of an integrated video chat feature built on Skype technology.



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July 31, 2011

31 Essential Google+ Resources--Mashable




Already using Google+? Follow Mashable's Pete Cashmore for the latest about the platform's new features, tips and tricks as well as social media and technology updates.

Google+ hit the news feeds like a strategic and popular ton of bricks. But we haven't stopped there. In addition to breaking news, Mashable has provided how-tos and tools for maximizing your Google+ experience. We've sourced reviews from some of the network's early adopters, and we've also welcomed your input as you navigate one of the most buzzworthy social outlets of the year.

Read on for Mashable's roundup of all resources Google+. 



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August 7, 2011

Skype for iPad on the iTunes App Store

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Bring your Skype contacts closer with full screen video at your fingertips. 
Beautiful and simple, this is Skype built especially for the iPad. Call, video call, or instant message anyone on Skype. 

Simple to use:
• Join Skype on their website or just sign straight in to your account.
• If you already have a Skype account, your Skype contacts will automatically be there on your iPad.
• They've made adding new Skype contacts really easy. Once they're in your Contact list, call, video or instant message them in one touch.
• Flick through recent calls and instant messages in your Skype for iPad history.
• Skype for iPad works over Wi-Fi or 3G (operator data charges may apply). Call Skype contacts on their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac and even Skype enabled TVs.

Access free Skype features: 
• Talk face-to-face or show what you're seeing with front and back-facing cameras.
• Use Skype for iPad to call anyone else on Skype - and enjoy near CD quality (SILK) sound.
• Instant message and add emoticons to personalize your messages.



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September 15, 2011

AddThis - The #1 Bookmarking & Sharing Service


Share anything to anyone, anywhere and boost traffic back to your site with the most popular sharing tool in the world.

http://addthis.com





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September 22, 2011

Float

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Float is a fun and easy social reading app for your iPhone. Explore your favorite web content, including news, magazines, blogs, documents and more -- all in one 
place, while connecting with friends and readers just like you. Discover content by interests or through friend recommendations on Twitter, Facebook and Scribd.

Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
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September 27, 2011

Legal Technology: Change is Good-Nicole Black, Esq.

Nicole Black's latest SlideShare upload : Legal Technology: Change is Good from her keynote last week: 


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September 30, 2011

Better Facebook 5.94 Restores Chronological News Feed

Better FaceBook fixes a lot of the annoying changes made by FB; but, most important, it restores the chronological news feed as your default setting!!
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November 6, 2011

WordPress App 2.9.1



Manage your WordPress blog or site from your iOS device. With WordPress for iOS, you can moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos.  All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted WordPress.org site running 2.9.2 or higher.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. 

For more information on this free, open source app, click here.


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November 12, 2011

Social Fixer for Facebook fixes annoyances, adds features, and enhances existing functionality to make Facebook more fun and efficient

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"Social Fixer for Facebook" (formerly known as Better Facebook) is a free browser extension that improves the Facebook site by eliminating annoyances and adding lots of great enhancements and functionality. It runs in most browsers and installs in just a minute.



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December 1, 2011

Your Android Phone Is Secretly Recording Everything You Do (Updated)-Gizmodo

If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything--including your passwords and Google queries.

Worse: it's the handset manufacturers and the carriers who--in the name of "making your user experience better"--install this software without any way for you to opt-out. This video, recorded by 25-year-old Android developer Trevor Eckhart, shows how it works. This is bad. Really bad.

Update 1: Nokia claims they don't use Carrier IQ's spyware.
Update 2: Hackers have found Carrier IQ in Apple iPhone, but only works in diagnostic mode--which is off by default--and only logs technical data.


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Read entire article and see the video by clicking the first link below:

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February 1, 2012

Facebook's New Timeline Feature: | Anita Ramasastry | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

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It doesn't take much for an identity thief to gather a wealth of information from an unguarded Facebook account.  And even those who have their Facebook profiles restricted sometimes have found themselves sharing more than they wanted to, due to the way Facebook has allowed applications to bypass user settings.  In many cases, using a very basic application has meant granting that application full access to a person's entire  Facebook profile, as well as allowing the app to post user information elsewhere and send the user emails.  This may well become a bigger issue than it has been in the past, with the advent of Timeline and its frictionless apps.



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February 11, 2012

IRS Unveils Version 2.0 of Smartphone App



The IRS this week released IRS2Go 2.0, an expanded version of its Smartphone application designed to provide taxpayers easier access to practical tools and information.

You can access videos and more with the  enhanced IRS2Go smartphone app as described in this new YouTube video.

The 2.0 version of the phone app includes three new tools:

  • Watch Us. People can view IRS YouTube videos on their smartphones. The videos provide short, informative features on a variety of tax topics. The channel ranks as the fourth most viewed channel among more than 125 federal government YouTube channels. IRS also has YouTube channels available in multilingual and American Sign Language
  • Get the Latest News. With this tool, users can have the latest IRS news releases delivered to their phones as it becomes available.  
  • Get My Tax Record. Taxpayers can now order their tax return transcript from the IRS2Go app. The transcript will be delivered via the U.S. Postal Service to their address of record.

The free IRS2Go app will continue giving taxpayers access to the tools offered last year:

  • Get Your Refund Status. Taxpayers can check the status of their federal tax refund through the phone app with a few basic pieces of information. An updated refund status is available about three days after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an e-filed return, or four weeks after mailing a paper return.
  • Get Tax Updates. Phone app users enter their e-mail address to automatically receive simple, straightforward tips and reminders to help with tax planning and preparation. Tax Tips are issued daily during the filing season and periodically throughout the rest of the year.
  • Follow the IRS. Taxpayers can sign up to follow the IRS Twitter newsfeed, @IRSnews, which provides easy-to-use information, including updates on tax law changes and important IRS programs.

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May 11, 2012

Frrole


http://frrole.com/

Frrole is a social newspaper that is built on what people are talking about and mentioning on Twitter. Currently, this social media device covers over 50 cities and it uses over 10 million tweets to determine the key issues in each city that it covers. Visitors can customize the newspaper to focus on topics like sports, entertainment, travel and so on. Also, it is quite easy to use the customizable tabs on the left-hand side of the page to look for specific news items of interest. This version of Frrole is compatible with all operating systems.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2012. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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June 14, 2012

Sui Generis--a New York law blog: Lawyers' use of social media during trials

Read Nicole Black's Excellent Article in Full here or see link below:

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...Formal Opinion No. 743, issued by the New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Professional Ethics, which addressed the issue of how lawyers can ethically use social media for juror research during trials. The committee concluded that pursuant to RPA 3.5 it is ethically permissible for attorneys to conduct research and follow jurors' social media interactions only if the jurors are unaware of the monitoring.

More recently, the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics addressed a similar issue in Formal Opinion 2012. The specific issue addressed was: "What ethical restrictions, if any, apply to an attorney's use of social media websites to research potential or sitting jurors?"

The committee reached the same conclusion as the New York County Ethics Committee and concluded that lawyers can use social media to research jurors, so long as the jurors remain unaware that the research is occurring.

The committee explained that it was important to ensure that a juror did not learn of of the attorney's actions, whether in the form of a notification from the social media site or otherwise. If the attorney knew a juror would be aware of the monitoring, then it would be unethical to conduct the research on that particular site. Furthermore, even if the attorney was unaware that a notification would be sent, if the juror subsequently learned of the monitoring, then it could still qualify as a prohibited communication in violation of RPE 3.5.

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June 16, 2012

Taking Steps To Protect Linkedin's Members

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FYI - thought you might be interested in this - See LinkedIn's two blog postings below

 

An Update On Taking Steps To Protect Our Members

Vicente Silveira, June 9, 2012

http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/09/an-update-on-taking-steps-to-protect-our-members/

 

Taking Steps To Protect Our Members

Vicente Silveira, June 7, 2012

http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/07/taking-steps-to-protect-our-members/

 

Sincerely,

 

Connie Schin
Marketing Manager
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
518.487.5687 Phone
518.487.5758 Fax
cschin@nysba.org



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June 18, 2012

"The Story & The Algorithm: 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference" will livestream here June 18-19, 2012.

June 30, 2012

IFTTT / If You Miss Tweets Popping Up Automatically On LinkedIn, Startup IFTTT Has A 90-Second Workaround



IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement:


"if this then that"


Channels are the basic building blocks of IFTTT. Each Channel has its own Triggers and Actions. Some example Channels are:

  • Twitter
    Twitter
  •  
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  •  
  • Evernote
    Evernote
  •  
  • Email
    Email
  •  
  • Weather
    Weather

The this part of a Recipe is a Trigger. Some example Triggers are "I'm tagged in a photo on Facebook" or "I post a tweet on Twitter."

The that part of a Recipe is an Action. Some example Actions are "send me a text message" or "create a status message on Facebook."

Personal Recipes are a combination of a Trigger and an Action from your active Channels. Personal Recipes look like this: 

if
Instagram
Any new photo by you ltibbets
then
Dropbox
Add file from URL to Linden Tibbet's Dropbox

Shared Recipes are useful templates shared by the IFTTT community. Shared Recipes look like this:
Autosave all your Instagram photos to Dropbox
by Linden on 22 Nov 2011
used 9183 times




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July 7, 2012

US District Judge (SDNY) Rejects Request for Service on 3rd Party Via FaceBook



Fortunato v. Chase Bank, no. 11 Civ. 6608 (JFK)
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July 13, 2012

Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future | Video on TED.com




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July 31, 2012

RelayRides | How It Works



RelayRides


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August 6, 2012

Business Stationery and Legal Stationery Printing and Design-FB Discount

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August 21, 2012

Revised Jury Instructions Hope to Deter Juror Use of Social Media During Trial | United States Courts

A Judicial Conference Committee has updated the model set of jury instructions (pdf) federal judges use to deter jurors from using social media to research or communicate about cases on which they serve. The new guidelines provide detailed explanations of the consequences of social media use during a trial, along with recommendations for repeated reminders of the ban on social media usage.

The update comes in response to a national survey of federal trial judges by the Federal Judicial Center at the request of the Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management (CACM).

"The overwhelming majority of judges take steps to warn jurors not to use social media during trial, but the judges surveyed said additional steps should be taken," said Judge Julie A. Robinson, CACM Committee chair. "The judges recommended that jurors frequently be reminded about the prohibition on social media before the trial, at the close of a case, at the end of each day before jurors return home, and other times, as appropriate. Jurors should be told why refraining from use of social media promotes a fair trial. Finally, jurors should know the consequences of violations during trial, such as mistrial and wasted time. Those recommendations are now part of the guidelines."

Read the full story
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September 20, 2012

Florida judge disqualified in a case over Facebook friendship with prosecutor

Domville v. Florida, No 4D12-556 (Fl. Ct. App.; Sept 5, 2012)
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October 1, 2012

Spend More Time at the Bar « Philly Law Blog

http://phillylawblog.wordpress.com


Echoing Sam Glover's article on Lawyerist, the most common question I get from other lawyers is: "Man, I've been reading your blog and I love it. But do you make money off of it? Do you make money off Facebook or Twitter?"

The answer: no, but kinda sorta.

This is how it works...

Read Philly Law Blog's practical, down-to-earth analysis and suggestions about using social media in your practice here.



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October 21, 2012

New Webcams Add Wide-Angle Video Calls to Your TV - NYTimes.com



Now wide-angle cameras that pop onto large-screen televisions are on the market; they capture high-definition video and a generous stretch of the living room sofa, too. Several devices, including the TV Cam HD ($199.99) from Logitech, are already on sale, with at least a half-dozen others expected in time for the holiday shopping season, said Richard Doherty, research director of the Envisioneering Group, a market research company in Seaford, N.Y.

The new TV cams are for people who want to add an Internet-based feature to their  high-definition TV's. "You can add this capability for a few hundred dollars or less," Mr. Doherty said. "Lots of people have HDTVs they've bought in the last few years, and they aren't going to get rid of them for Internet TVs."

Internet-enabled TVs have software for video chatting, but many models require viewers to buy a suitable add-on camera.

Logitech's TV Cam HD works with any high-definition television that has an available HDMI port, a common connection. It comes with connectivity to the Internet by way of Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and Skype software that supports high-definition video calling. To control the camera, you use a small remote control to zoom in or pan during a call, or to enter text on the screen.

Read entire NYTIMES article/review by Anne Eisenberg here.



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November 4, 2012

QuicklyChat-Beta


http://www.quicklychat.com/

Are you looking to have a quick chat with a coworker or other party? QuicklyChat can help you do that, as it features fully customizable smart status updates and other bells and whistles. The video linkup emphasizes quicker and more efficient communication; it does so by detecting if the other party is currently available or not by detecting one's current system activity. This application is compatible with all operating systems.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012. https://www.scout.wisc.edu/


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Installation was easy enough; but be warned that this is a Beta and it requires that you install AdobeAir.  If you object to Adobe, (OMG they are arrogant, changing settings and interrupting), then take a pass. I am waiting for customer support to get back to me on how to create my buddy list.  The instructions disappeared and the AddBuddy window locked up.  YMMV.

December 2, 2012

How To Secure Your Law Firm's Twitter Account - Google Drive


How to Secure Your Law Firm's Twitter Account to Protect Your Clients


Hackers now utilize Twitter account hacking as one of their primary means to distribute malware to end-users. In a thorough CNET article, Dennis O'Reilly suggests various tactics to help prevent hackers from commandeering your law firm's Twitter feed and, thus, hurting your hard-earned reputation. Don't let your firm's reputation become one of their casualties.

Pinni Bohm, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), is a tax and estate planning attorney with the Bohm Law Firm, who utilizes technology in his daily practice. He welcomes all technology-related questions by email.


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January 8, 2013

How law firms can effectively use social media to reach new clients | MyCase Blog|Nicole Black

Read Nicole Black's short, practical, pithy article on how to use social media to get clients.


Sure, having fans on your Facebook page is wonderful, but it won't help you get clients TODAY! If that is your goal, as it should be for any solo or small firm, the aspect of social media you want to focus on is the PPC advertising. Set up a campaign with a tight budget and that is specifically targeted. Give it a try and make social media work to your advantage!


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January 27, 2013

How to use your iPhone, iPad or Mac to borrow ebooks from the library -- Tech News and Analysis


You don't have to pay for ebooks on your mobile device or your Mac: your local library will lend you ebooks, digital magazine and audiobooks. Here's a quick guide from  to getting set up.


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February 27, 2013

Should judges disclose Facebook friends? 'Context is significant,' ABA ethics opinion says - ABA Journal


Judges who participate in social networking sites must heed the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, cautions Formal Opinion 462 (PDF). That means the judges should avoid contacts that would undermine their independence, integrity, or impartiality, or that would create an appearance of impropriety.


The Feb. 21 opinion by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility acknowledges that "judicious use" of electronic social media--referred to as "ESM"--can be a valuable tool for public outreach. "When used with proper care, judges' use of ESM does not necessarily compromise their duties under the Model Code any more than use of traditional and less public forms of social connection such as U.S. Mail, telephone, email or texting," according to the opinion

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March 17, 2013

Sulia

http://sulia.com/

Sulia is a subject-based social network that connects users to the top social sources on pertinent subjects that are of great interest. The network uses a combination of network managers and algorithms to identify the best sources on everything from anteaters to zoology. Visitors can use the drop-down menus to set up their preferences and Favorites with the simple and effective user interface. This version is compatible with all operating systems


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013. https://www.scout.wisc.edu/


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March 30, 2013

Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers Review By Sam Glover

Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers is one of the latest in the ABA's "trendy topics in one hour for lawyers" series of overpriced books. This is unfortunate, because Ernie Svenson's practical, quick-start guide to blogging, written with lawyers in mind, is actually quite good, despite its silly name (it takes more like 2 or 3 hours to read) and hefty price tag ($40, unless you get the iBook version I linked to above, which is more reasonably-priced at $20).



Sam Glover is an "A-List" legal blogger.  He has a lot of blogging experience and opinions about blogging for lawyers which he is not afraid to express.  Read his entire review of this new book here.


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April 8, 2013

Federal Judge Orders Service of Process through Facebook | BakerHostetler - JDSupra




In March, Judge Paul Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York ordered service of process on several international defendants through novel means--Facebook.

The case, FTC v. PCCare247, Inc., involves a group of individuals based in India who allegedly "tricked American consumers into spending money to fix non-existent problems with their computers." After problems with more conventional methods of international service, the court exercised its authority under the federal rules to fashion its own means of service. As Judge Engelmayer's order explains, Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(f)(3) allows a judge to order a means of service of process so long as it is "(1) not prohibited by international agreement; and (2) comports with constitutional notions of due process." In this case, service by Facebook was not specifically prohibited by relevant international agreement, including the Hague Service Convention, to which India and the United States are signatories. Further, the circumstances in which the Facebook accounts would be served ensured service was constitutionally proper.



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April 12, 2013

Google Creates Digital Will Service (For Digital Services) - Pinni Bohm


As a tax and estate planning attorney, I frequently help clients create estate plans that dictate how one's corporeal assets will be utilized post-death. When it comes to digital assets, however, planning becomes more difficult.


Does one hand a list of their secure passwords to a close friend or family member for safekeeping? But what happens when those passwords change, as they frequently do and should? What happens if there is a falling-out between the two individuals? While everyone should update their estate plan at least once a year, this does not always occur. As Claire Cain Miller phrases the question over at the Times: "One of the most haunting questions facing Web ... users is, what happens to the stuff of our digital lives after we die?"


Google has now released its own answer to this perennial question: "Inactive Account Manager." Google's Product Manager, Andreas Tuerk, states: "Not many of us like thinking about death -- especially our own. But making plans for what happens after you're gone is really important for the people you leave behind. So today, we're launching a new feature that makes it easy to tell Google what you want done with your digital assets when you die or can no longer use your account."


"For example," the blog post continues, "you can choose to have your data deleted -- after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, we'll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address you've provided."


For more information on taking advantage of this new service, head over to Google's blog post, or read this informative CNET "How To" article.


Pinni Bohm, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), is a NYC tax and estate planning attorney. He can be contacted by email.
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May 21, 2013

Mother Ordered to Stop Posting About Her Children on Facebook | Rochester Family Lawyer




IMelody M. v Robert M., 103 A.D.3d 932 (3rd Dept. 2013), the Third Department affirmed a Family Court order that among other changes to the prior joint custody, issued an order of protection against the mother that prohibited her from, among other things, posting any communications to or about the children on any social network site.



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May 29, 2013

Do LinkedIn Endorsements Violate Legal Ethics? · Robert Ambrogi's LawSites



UnderABA Model Rule 7.1, a lawyer is not to make any false or misleading claims about his or her services. If a lawyer permits an endorsement to remain on the lawyer's LinkedIn profile that the lawyer knows to be misleading, even if someone else posted the endorsement, that would seem to be a problem under Rule 7.1.

Read entire Ambrogi article by clicking link below:




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June 2, 2013

Goodreads


Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.

A Few Things You Can Do On Goodreads

  • See which books your friends are reading.
  • Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read.
  • Check out your personalized book recommendations.  Their recommendation engine analyzes 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes.
  • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from their community's reviews.
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July 13, 2013

Twitter Changes-Official Twitter blog | Twitter Blog


Twitter in the last month or two has introduced:
Keep up to date on Twitter with the Official Twitter blog.
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July 26, 2013

GP Section Announces New Mentoring Blog


You can Join!

The General Practice Section is pleased to announce the launch of its innovative mentoring program, GP Law Connect.

GP Law Connect will be a legal blog, sponsored by the NYSBA's General Practice Section, for mentors and mentees to co-author articles and publish them online. The benefit of blogging on GP Law Connect is that, by "crowdsourcing" content from a large group of mentors and mentees, GP Law Connect promises to become a leading legal blog across New York State and beyond.

Members of GP Law Connect will be invited to join us at a welcoming reception on October 17th at Baker Hostetler in New York City, 4-8pm. The reception is held in conjunction with an MCLE program,Blogging 101 - Social Media Marketing and Mentoring - Ethical and Practical Considerations, co-sponsored by the NYSBA Law Practice Management Committee. The reception and program will provide an opportunity for mentors and mentees to meet, network with other members and learn more about online legal writing. Registration details will follow: Save the date!

GP Law Connect provides several benefits that are unique to the mentoring program: 

  • Shared resources (mentors share knowledge and experience in choosing topics and providing editorial direction; mentees share time while drafting content and researching, if necessary)
  • The inherent credibility of content published on a NYSBA sponsored blog
  • Inbound marketing opportunities for authors and the benefit of publishing on a blog that is more likely to rank highly in Google searches;
  • Business development opportunities
  • Pro bono opportunities

Through the NYSBA, GP Law Connect is slated to officially launch in October 2013. Our mission is to develop the blog into an industry leading publication for a cross-section of readers: our colleagues, our community, and overall, our potential clients.

For mentors, the blog will serve as a potential and growing referral source for business development as well as the opportunity to mentor a new lawyer. For mentees, the blog will serve as an opportunity to draft and/or co-author a relevant and engaging article in their chosen field of law as well as the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced lawyer. Mentors and mentees will be paired according to similar areas of legal interest.

If you are interested in participating in GP Law Connect either as a mentor or a mentee, please contact GeneralPractice@nysba.org today, indicating (1) whether you prefer to be a mentor or a mentee, and (2) your area/s of practice or interest in the law. You will be contacted with further details approaching the launch date, but we would like to give you this opportunity now to put in your request in for a spot on the mentoring blog team. Participation in GP Law Connect is currently an exclusive benefit of General Practice Section membership, and may be subject to mentor/mentee ratio limits.

Thank you for your interest in what we believe will be an exciting and innovative mentoring program for our membership.

Paige Zandri, Esq.
Mentoring Subcommittee Chair
General Practice Section Business Law Committee

Join GP Law Connect now!  Email GeneralPractice@nysba.org indicating (1) whether you prefer to be a mentor or a mentee, and (2) your area/s of practice or interest in the law.
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August 5, 2013

NYSBA General Practice Section Chapter organizing near you

The General Practice Section is excited to announce that a General Practice Section Chapter is organizing in your Judicial Department.  Meetings will be held in your area and will concern matters that are important to you and your practice.

 

As the Chapters are in the their beginning phase, the Section is seeking individuals to take on leadership roles within their local chapter.  Please respond to Lew Tesser, Chair, General Practice Section at LTesser@TesserRyan.com to indicate your interest in a leadership role.

 

ALSO, it would be great if we could have a discussion on the list serve about the General Practice Section.  Are we meeting your needs? What else would you like to see your Section doing?  Please feel free to post your constructive comments at generalpractice@lists.nysba.org   We're here for you.

 

Regards,

 

Lew Tesser, Chair

General Practice Section

 

 

Lewis Tesser

Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP.

509 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10022

(212) 754-9000

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August 12, 2013

Can a Car Service Predict the Future of Legal Services? - Divorce Discourse

Lee Rosen is thinking and writing about disrupters; i.e., a car service named Uber and LegalZoom:

Rosen: When I was in San Francisco, I got around using UberLyft, andSidecar. Uber is a car service that charges by the ride. You use an app on your phone, and a car arrives in about five minutes and off you go. The fee is automatically billed to the credit card you have on file.


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 Uber has a great deal in common with LegalZoom and other intruders into the legal space. LegalZoom, like Uber, is delivering a product desired by the public. LegalZoom, like Uber, is well funded. LegalZoom, like Uber, is competing against an incumbent that isn't well liked and doesn't get the benefit of the doubt.




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August 26, 2013

Just Delete Me | A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.



Robb Lewis:

After seeing a few tweets about how difficult it can be to delete your Skype account and then hearing that Netflix flat-out won't delete your details I (Robb Lewis) decided to build JustDelete.me.

JustDelete.Me is a directory of urls to delete your account from web services. (Yes, I am aware how terrible that description is. If you've got a better one, let me know). Services are marked either easy, medium or hard depending on how difficult it is to delete that account. Those marked as hard have additional information...

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JustDelete.me



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September 19, 2013

Can You Disseminate Embarrassing Client Information Online And Get Away With It?-LAWYERIST

Every so often an ethics case comes along that has the potential for far-reaching ramifications. Hunter v. Virginia State Bar is one. It could mean lawyers can wilfully disseminate client information for their own gain without violating client confidentiality rules, but also that lawyers cannot blog about their practices and their successes without disclaimers. The legal ethics world is abuzz with whatHunter will mean across the country.

Read entire article here.

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October 7, 2013

Complimentary Webinar: LinkedIn For Lawyers--Let's Get Down To Business Development - MyCase Blog

For Complete Information on this complimentary webinar sponsored by MyCase, click here.


 Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT, for MyCase complimentary webinar on the best ways to use LinkedIn to grow your legal practice. You will learn:
  • The lay of the (LinkedIn) land for your personal and firm profile
  • How LinkedIn has changed this past year and why it affects you
  • The best way to connect with clients, prospects and firm promoters
  • And more!

    PRESENTER:

    Nancy Myrland is a Social Media Consultant, Speaker & Trainer, and a Professional Marketing Advisor, specializing in helping firms and companies grow their business by strengthening relationships with their clients through the strategic use of Social Media.



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October 13, 2013

NYSBACLE | CLE October 17, 2013--Blogging 101 - Social Media Marketing and Mentoring-Ethical and Practical Considerations



NYSBALPM CLE

Blogging 101 - Social Media Marketing and Mentoring
Ethical and Practical Considerations

Learn more about the basics of blogging and the practical and ethical considerations surrounding social media marketing for lawyers.

CLE Program and Networking Reception

3.0 MCLE Ethics Credits

Thursday, October 17, 2013
MCLE Ethics Program
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Baker Hostetler
45 Rockefeller Plaza | NYC

Sponsored by the General Practice SectionLaw Practice Management and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education

This program will also be streamed as a live CLE Webcast.

Special NYSBA General Practice Section Member Rate $50
NYSBA Members $75 | Non-Members $150

www.nysba.org/BloggingCLE

If you would like to join the New York State Bar Association, visit 
www.nysba.org/Membership

Program Agenda

4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions - Section and Program Chairs

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Basics of Blogging - Attorney Advertising Rules (1.0 credit)

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Break

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Practical and Ethical Considerations of Online Social Media Marketing and Blogging (1.5 credits)

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Panel/Best Practices (0.5 credits)

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Networking Reception sponsored by the General Practice Section

Program Chair

Paige E. Zandri, Esq.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
New York, New York

Program Faculty

Leonard E. Sienko, Jr., Esq.
The Sienko Law Office
Hancock, NY

Steven C. Bennett, Esq.
Jones Day
New York, NY

Barbara Beauchamp
New York State Bar Association

Pre-registration is required.

Register Today!

The General Practice Section is pleased to announce the launch of its innovative mentoring program, GP Law ConnectGP Law Connect will be a legal blog, sponsored by the NYSBA's General Practice Section, for mentors and mentees to co-author articles and publish them online. Read more and learn how to join atwww.nysba.org/GPMentoringBlog.

This program is approved for all attorneys including those newly admitted. Newly admitted attorneys are encouraged to attend in person as they cannot receive MCLE credit for their participation in CLE webcasts/webconferences.

To learn more about upcoming Law Practice Management programs, visit www.nysba.org/LPM.

If you pre-register for the CLE Webcast, you will be able to view the program video online and email questions during the live program. All registrants will have access to the program archive for over a year. Registrants will be able to go back and review excerpts on demand.

Be advised that during the webcast, program verification codes will be displayed on the screen and announced. In order to receive MCLE credit, you will need to print the MCLE Attestation Form and write down the program codes. You will receive your MCLE certificate via email. Please be sure to provide your email address when registering.

In the event that you miss any portion of the program, the archive will be posted online. All pre-registered CLE webcast registrants will have access to the online archive file. You will be able to view the archive online, on-demand at your leisure.

Please note: Newly admitted attorneys may not receive MCLE credit for their participation in CLE Webcasts.

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October 19, 2013

Should You Allow Comments on Your Law Blog?


Gyi Tsakalakis discusses Popular Science's recent decision to drop all comments from its blog.  He thinks PopSCi made a mistake; but urges moderation (of comments) for lawyers who blog.

Read Gyi's excellent analysis here.

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November 4, 2013

Lightbeam for Firefox :: Add-ons for Firefox

Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam shows you the relationships between these third parties and the sites you visit.
 Privacy Policy
Works with Firefox 19.0 - 25.*View other versions

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March 1, 2014

Did You Ever Wonder Why We Are Poking Around on our Phones all Day?-Culture Design Lab--Humin

By Joe Brewer and B. Lazlo Karafiath

Lots of jokes target the way we use our phones nowadays.  How we ignore our date to answer a text,  or keep sharing and liking and scrolling endlessly.  It's true that most people play with their smart phones more and more and share content rather than to "talk on the phone."  What the jokesters miss is that this is a feature not a bug!

When people are looking at their phone in public, sharing stuff, liking stuff, tweeting stuff (and looking at others' shares, likes, and tweets) they are expressing their tribal nature.  They have found an outlet for the fundamental human drive to be in a tribe, to maintain a tribal presence, whether a factual or a fictional tribe, does not matter. Unlucky for us, we have such an imperfect piece of technology for doing this -- Facebook!

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We were recently introduced to a service that could fit this mold.  It's called Humin and it is ramping up now.  (Thanks to CMO Lane Wood for introducing us.)  Humin could be much more then a new way to access our address book: Humin could be our tribal phone.

Read this thought-provoking post here.


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March 21, 2014

Lawyer suspended for posting video of undercover drug buy in mistaken belief it exonerated client-ABA Journal


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Gilsdorf "published damning evidence on the Internet with little to no thought or discussion of the possible consequences to his client," the Review Board said. "His conduct threatened the fairness of a criminal proceeding and harmed his client."

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Prior coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Should lawyer who posted video implicating client be disciplined?"

ABAJournal.com: "Ethics Complaint Claims Lawyer Tried to Sway Potential Jurors by Posting Discovery Video on YouTube"

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April 4, 2014

Netted: Buying Into It


 Canopy, a new design-focused web shop, not unlike Svpply before it, is a beautifully designed pinboard where users can post the products they think are great. The big difference is that Canopy is populated solely with items currently available on Amazon.

- See more at: http://netted.net/2014/04/04/canopy/?like=Facebook#sthash.PuBvjhwA.dpuf

The first 1000 Netted readers who use the invite code "Netted" at signup can cut the line.





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April 21, 2014

LinkedIn surpasses 300M members, announces its "mobile moment" -- Tech News and Analysis


On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its "mobile moment," meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic. 



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June 30, 2014

Fourteen LinkedIn Tips for (the Rest of) 2014 | LLRX.com


Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology author. Allison C. Shields is the president of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. They are co-authors of the books LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers and LinkedIn in One Hour. 

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LinkedIn has surged past 300 million users. It remains the most popular social media platform for business and professional use. In fact, it's becoming rare to find people in any kind of business who say that they are not on LinkedIn.

At the same, a certain sense of complacency has settled over the use of LinkedIn. We often hear people say that they've been on LinkedIn for a while and they haven't found it all that helpful, especially for reaching potential customers and clients. Since LinkedIn has been around for more than 10 years, there's also a sense of "been there, done that" about it. Some people are always looking for the next new thing in social media.

In fact, most of us have barely scratched the surface of either the features or the potential of LinkedIn. LinkedIn has steadily added new features, especially in the past year or so. This will be a great year to take your use of LinkedIn up a level or two, and increase the value and benefits of the platform to you and your business.

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Read complete article here.


July 14, 2014

Lawyers may look at what jurors post online, but only if it's available to the public-ABA Journal


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The gist of Formal Opinion 466 is that, within the context of Model Rule 3.5, a lawyer may review a juror's or potential juror's various postings on websites and social media. But the lawyer should not send jurors or prospective jurors a request for access, either directly or indirectly, to their social media accounts because doing so would amount to a violation of the prohibition in Model Rule 3.5(b) against ex parte communications with jurors that are not authorized by law or court order.

In a footnote, the ethics committee states that it "does not take a position on whether the standard of care for competent lawyer performance requires using Internet research to locate information about jurors that is relevant to the jury selection process. We are also mindful of the recent addition of Comment [8] to Model Rule 1.1. This comment explains that a lawyer 'should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.' "

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The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility Formal Opinion 466(PDF), issued April 24.

Read entire ABA Journal article here.


October 12, 2014

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