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IN CASE there’s anyone out there
who still believes that social media in
the law was a fad, it’s time to put that
myth to rest. Today, the Canadian
legal profession features more than
300 blogs (check them out at www.
lawblogs.ca), hundreds if not thousands of Twitter users, and probably
well over 10,000 LinkedIn users, virtually all of them using these vehicles
for business. Almost every large law
firm in Canada (and scores of smaller
ones) have their own Twitter accounts.
And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s happening on Facebook
With so many participants in
this now-emergent field, it’s natural
to ask: who are the leaders? Where
should we turn to find the most
important and influential social
media users in the profession, the
trailblazers who aren’t just on social
media, but who are using it to make
an impact on lawyers and the legal
profession worldwide? As two regular columnists here at The Lawyer
Weekly, we found ourselves curious
about that too.
So we decided to find out who
were the most influential users of
social media in the Canadian legal
profession. To do this, we started
with a very large group of bloggers,
tweeters and other social media
users well known to the online legal
community. (Although we’re both
very active in social media ourselves,
we decided it would be appropriate
to exclude ourselves from the list.)
From there, we applied a series
of criteria, some based on metrics
and others not:
n;Whether the person blogs, and if
so, for how long s/he has been blog-ging, how widely read the blog is
and how well it scores on measures
such as Google’s PageRank.
n;Whether the person is on Twitter,
and if so, how much they’ve tweeted,
how often they tweet and what their
followers-to-follows ratio is (the
higher, the better).
n;What the person’s Klout score is, a
measure based on a Twitter account’s
frequency, reach and influence.
n;Our own sense of the impact the
person has had and continues to
have through social media on the
Canadian legal profession.
Applying those criteria, we came
up with two lists of 12 influencers
each, for a total of 24. We divided
the group into lawyers in private
practice with law firms and, well,
everyone else. We’ve listed their
names alphabetically, although
there are a few outliers whose
impact is so huge they require spe-
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