Twitter for Lawyers

LLB1 student Dilara Alibayova has put together a great article on her experience of Twitter on Learnmore, but here are some quick reflections on why you should jump to it and get tweeting:

It’s diverse and its users come from all walks of life. Even if the intention of your account was to keep up-to-date with legal affairs, you will quickly notice that the majority of tweeters have at least one other subject they enjoy tweeting about
The twitter page is very user friendly and easy to use. You can personalise the page/brand it via images and change the colour scheme to make it more accessible for those with learning difficulties.
Twitter suggests people to follow – which is a great thing, especially for those who have joined the site recently. Be aware it can sometimes come up with some weird random ones!
Tweeting helps you to develop an ability to summarise and structure thoughts better, as a tweet can be no more than 140 characters.
Raising an awareness about a particular issue or campaigning? Twitter is a perfect way to spread the word. Just add “please RT” at the end of your tweet.
Those who prefer to chose who follows them for security or other reasons may protect their tweets making it impossible to see what they talk about to non-followers.
When accessing the site through your mobile device you can also tweet photos – which is great for art lovers and ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ type of people

There are loads of ways of managing your tweets whether on your desktop computer, laptop or mobile phone – it can get a bit overwhelming as the number of those you follow increases. Hootsuite and Tweetdeck are the two most popular. These products also allow you to do all sorts of other cool things around integral url shortening (or you can try bit.ly) and statistic gathering on who retweets (RT) your tweets and who clicks through on links you’ve tweeted.

We at Lawbore love Hootsuite for its owl of course!

More thoughts from students can be found all over the web, here’s one from a University of Kent graduate.

I also put together a slideshow on why I use Twitter recently:

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