Last Thursday we had our first meetup/tweetup for Social Media for Lawyers. Before I continue to describe and go into meetup details I should prepare you. One of the meetup’s panelists and attendees said that every time he writes a blog post reporting directly from an event, he opens with a sort of disclaimer letting readers know the post is ‘rough’ and may include typos. My disclaimer here will include that, plus an alert for you to be prepared to read mushy statements of high emotions and excitement , a result of a really enjoyable and successful meetup/tweetup and of meeting great new people sharing the same interests and passions.
Thursday last week for me was a peak of a few long and exhausting weeks working on Connected improvements such as Registration and other things-not-worth-talking-about-in-detail-but-that-are-planned-to-improve-and-enhance-the-Connected-experience. I was tired, my mind was in analysis mode, I was over-coffeenated and under-sleeped. In addition to that it was raining, and we had a couple of last minute cancellations so I was moving right into ‘a-kid-with-a-birthday-party-to-which-no-one-is-coming-to’ mode.
Was I in for a surprise.
The place got quickly filled with people, laptops and other devices all buzzing into, about and around Twitter and Legal Industry. And it wasn’t too long before the conversation developed around other social media tools and sites such as Facebook (the new design, of course!), wordpress (best blog platform), RSS, email and future user interface in communication devices.
Hot topics we discussed included General questions on how we got into Twitter in first place, why we’re using it, what apps we’re using to follow conversation and analyze. The main message was that if you want to enjoy Twitter you have to find an application that manages it for you – looking at the Twitter.com web page is just not doing it. Majority of people indicated using TweetDeck or iphone’s apps as best tools to use.
An interesting conversation about the border between personal and professional developed, one that swept the entire group into discussion – how much of the personal do you put into your professional? Obviously no one answer was given and this still remains as a hot topic that might require it’s own meetup…
Facebooks new redesign seems to have caused much conversation on Twitter side: the Giant Facebook with 175 million users has redesigned itself to match Twitter, a site of 10,000,000 registered users.
I could go on and on about other topics that were discussed in the meetup, but hey why should I rewrite what is already publicly available – go to search.twitter.com and search for ‘#sm4law’ (the tag we used to label the event and its tweets) to tap into the conversation.
Things I will be taking with me from the event:
- Nothing like the combination of online and offline meetup/tweetup.
- I have got to buy an iphone – it’s the best device to get the most out of Twitter.
As I headed back home from the event, I had that familiar feeling of a ‘community high’ that reminded me why I LOVE social media so much: it brings together people who share similar interests, passions and goals, in a way that would have never been possible otherwise. The kind that lights a sparkle in one’s eye.
See you on our next meetup/tweetup.