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Twitter Becoming ‘Incredibly Mainstream' for Blogging Lawyers

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Law blogger Robert Ambrogi calls Twitter a “virtual watercooler,” a place where professionals can talk and exchange ideas. Another legal blogger, Scott Greenfield, wrote on his blog that he has to read Twitter because all his blogging friends use it to comment. “Twitter has become incredibly mainstream for lawyers” already actively in the blawgosphere, he writes.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Twitter was originally created as a way to keep in touch with friends by answering the question, “What are you doing?” Posts have to be 140 words or less.

“The initial appeal appeared to be mostly among tech-heads and teenyboppers who had an urge to relay real-time bulletins to their friends about any and everything,” the article says. But now the service is “drawing in a steady stream of lawyers and other professionals who are networking with peers, posting industry news and drumming up business.”

Cleveland intellectual property lawyer Wayne Serra is among the devoted. He has used Twitter to write about intellectual property cases and issues and new technology. He also likes the service because it helps him keep in touch with other patent lawyers and technology experts.

Another lawyer who uses Twitter is Finis Price of Louisville. “I’ve seen tweets from some lawyer in Idaho who has a case from Kentucky, doesn’t know the state laws here and knows about me through my Twitter network,” he told Lawyers USA.

Updated at 1:42 p.m. to include link to text on Simple Justice. Updated on Feb. 2 to clarify that Greenfield was saying Twitter is mainstream for blogging lawyers, not all lawyers generally.

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