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Twitter – The Untapped Resource for Law Students

I joined Twitter about 16 months ago.  I originally joined to keep in touch with my friends while I was in Missouri with the U.S. Army JAG last summer.  Since then, it has become one of my primary networking tools.  It is the easiest way I know to start a conversation with someone.  I’m surprised by how few students at my law school are using it.

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A few months ago, Twitter helped me break the ice with Sam Glover when he spoke at my school.  Recently, it helped me create a connection with Tim Eigo and Arizona Attorney Magazine.  I don’t know how he found me, but he started following me in August and said that he liked this blog.  I went on LinkedIn and the Arizona Bar Association website to confirm his identity and then started a conversation with him.  That led to a lunch and hopefully this is the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship.

Twitter has given me the ability to connect with a vast number of people, entities, and information that I otherwise would not have the time to seek out on my own.  It is the main way that I keep up with developments in the legal profession.  It also helps me stay informed about what my friends, local businesses, and celebrities are doing.

Online Best Colleges.com and Rasmussen College published their lists for the Top 100 Legal Twitter Feeds.  These are all wonderful people to follow.  Like them, I also want to acknowledge some of my favorite legal people and entities on Twitter who consistently post informative and entertaining content.

I also want to give props to Erin Biencourt, a 2L at Arizona State University, who is new to Twitter.  She claims that she needs me to give her Twitter lessons because she’s still figuring out how retweets and replies work.  She’s doing better than she realizes because she’s already overcome the biggest hurdle just by becoming part of the conversation.

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  1. @LNLawSchool says:

    Ruth,

    Great post! Really glad that you are writing about the networking power of Twitter. Surely, you have tapped into it in a big way. I see more and more law students joining Twitter these days, as the networking and social benefit to the microblogging service is realized. I expect this trend to continue, helping usher the next generation of lawyers into the socially forward-thinking future. Kudos for being on the front wave of the coming tide! And keep up the good work, Ruth. Really enjoy your writing, both on your blog and via your stream.

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Thank you for your kind words Matthew. I am pleased that writing about my experiences is helpful to others. I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts on Twitter and this blog. Thanks so much for promoting me.