Rob La Gatta

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Citizen journalism goes on all around us every day. It’s the big events that make it real to the masses. Here’s a twitter from an eye witness who saw the plane go down in the Hudson River. This is followed by Janis Krums of Sarasota, Florida, who was on a ferry picking people up, posting the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone. 30 minutes after he posted the picture,…
Last month I was invited to present on a panel at next month’s LegalTech New York put on by Incisive Media, the owner of American Lawyer Media (ALM). In that LegalTech is one of the premier legal technology events of the year, I readily accepted. It was an honor to be invited. I was to appear on a panel in the trek on how to use ‘Web 2.0 Technology to Gain a Strategic Advantage
Despite Twitter proving to be a very effective client development tool for lawyers, I shared 7 reasons why a lawyer still needed a blog. I also asked legal professionals on Twitter why they thought a blog was still needed even though the lawyers were using Twitter. Here’s the response from legal professionals around the globe on why a law blog is still needed. Delaware business litigation lawyer Francis Pileggi (@fpileggi): easy to…
Twitter’s been a game changer in lawyer networking, branding, and client development. But that doesn’t mean lawyers using Twitter can forgo a blog. You still need a blog. Here’s seven reasons: Twitter, despite a meteoric rise in popularity (mirroring blog growth of 4 or 5 years ago) is not used by enough people. As a lawyer you need to reach your target audience, no matter how small your niche may be. Your target audience of…
I see more and more crap coming from plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers who are trying their hand at blogs. The latest comes from Dallas Attorney Shezad Malik who posts ‘Ambulance And Car Accident in Leonard, North of Dallas.’ I wonder how much thought went into typing ‘A 59 year old woman, and her twin sons, both 29 were killed,’ and that ‘Leonard is about 50 miles north of Dallas.’ Of course the longest…
Lextweet is a new website developed by LexBlog showcasing members of the legal community who are using Twitter as well as what they are tweeting. Lextweet community members include lawyers as well as other professionals serving our legal profession. I have learned equally from marketing professionals, publishers, service providers, law students, and other professionals as from other lawyers during my time on Twitter. What Lextweet truly is and what it will become will be determined…
Take a minute to watch a very brief video of Seth Godin sitting down with Tom Peters to discuss blogging. Peters, a best selling author on business management practices who began his blogging in August ’04, tells Godin ‘no single thing in the last 15 yrs professionally has been more important to his life than blogging.’ It’s changed my life It’s changed my perspective It’s changed my intellectual outlook It’s changed my emotional outlook It’s…
Bill Pollak, CEO of Incisive Media North America (parent to American Lawyer Media), and I have been exchanging thoughts on Twitter the last couple days about journalists leaving main stream media (MSM) to go solo. The discussion was precipitated by my views that legal publishing, like we’ve seen with newspapers, is going to see some upheaval. I see opportunities for journalists who’ve lost their jobs or are at risk to do so to start…
As part of excellent Twitter discussion this morning on the future of legal media, Rex Gradeless, a third-year law student at Saint Louis University, pointed out a pending motion seeking permission to Internet broadcast from the courtroom. Professor Charles Nesson and his team of Harvard Law students have filed a motion to broadcast courtroom coverage of an RIAA trial. Nesson is defending Joel Tenenbaum, who has been sued by the RIAA for $1,050,000 for…
Martindale-Hubbell, dealing with a crisis to a core element of their product offerings (lawyer ratings), showed the legal industry they are ill equipped to participate in social media. Martindale-Hubbell did respond to Internet discussion (blogs and twitter) that the company may be eliminating its long standing lawyer ratings. Despite laying off all of the commpany’s ratings specialists, Martindale says it has Big Plans for Martindale-Hubbell Ratings. Problem is that Martindale-Hubbell responded with a…