Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Social Networking: The ABA Joins the Act

Many people, attorneys and non-attorneys alike, are experimenting with social networks. Social networks are internet communities where people maintain profiles and can interact with others. I would categorize the main social networks as follows:

MySpace = strictly social,
Facebook = largely social with some potential for professional contacts,
LinkedIn = largely professional.

For most of us, the jury is still out on the value of social networks. The American Bar Association (ABA) Journal covered this topic in its recent article Social Promotion. What’s interesting is that the ABA has joined the act by releasing its LegallyMinded.com. The ABA Journal describes this network as “a combination of the best features of the top social networking sites and substantive legal data from the ABA’s deep library of information.”

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