In this guest blog post, written by founder and editor of Media Law (Northern Ireland) Brian John Spencer, he writes about a topic he’s being studying for some time – that of a sea-change in the legal industry to a radical, full-intentioned and strategic move to online personas.
It would be wrong to think this a first. He joins a gallery of senior lawyers online. But this is a landmark for another reason. This isn’t just about Twitter.
Keir Starmer has also created a personal website. This feels different. What makes this special is that it’s about a bold and full-brimmed migration online. This is about pushing beyond Twitter – what is fast becoming the norm – and into new digital pastures.
I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time. I’ve felt a change in the air. It’s about witnessing the creation of more radical, full-intentioned and strategic online legal personhoods.
Kevin O’Keefe said a while back that the blog was the online home of the modern lawyer. Well I say that needs a slight correction. The personal website is the home of the modern lawyer. The blog is the place where you get to know and develop a relationship with the modern lawyer. And to be clear, the personal website is different from a lawyer’s blog. There is and should be a clear separation between the two; as I explained here.
In any case, and as always, the best way to explain the new phenomenon is to highlight who’s doing it.
Lawyers with Twitter and Personal Blog
Chairman of the Young Barristers’ Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales Max Hardy (@maxbarrister) had a blog here.
Vicky Beeching is a specialist in online ethics, doing a PhD on the ‘ethics of technology’. She is on Twitter (@vickybeeching) and a great personal website.
With many thanks to Brian John Spencer for this post. We’d love to hear your views and feedback on this subject – or have you seen other lawyers with great websites and Twitter pages (maybe you’re one of them!) Get in touch, either leave a comment on the blog, or tweet us @ElephantCreate
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