By way of Doug Cornelius of KM Space and Kevin O'Keefe over at LexBlog, I found out that 8 of the top 10 Am Law 200 law firms, those with the highest gross revenue, have social networks on Facebook. That's pretty big news. Law firms have traditionally been slower to adopt less traditional means of marketing and business development. But as Kevin points out, "Lawyers, amongst others, should focus on how examples of new media can
help instead of disregarding them because others use them in an
unprofessional or non business-related way."
Here are the firms with the current number of network members from each firm from Kevin's post:
Scott Glavin from Enterprise 2.0 wrote about this, tipping off Doug Cornelius, and pointed out a few business uses of using a social networking site such as Facebook:
- exploring who else in your organization has the same interests and connecting. Professional networking, but via the net.
- sharing media and updates with colleagues such as photo’s and business travel plans
- general exploration of how web2.0 can be supplemental to company goals
I think one of the biggest hurdles of adopting this new technology is eduction. Scott's points are a fantastic entry point for why networking within a firm or company has benefits. Internal communication is key to helping grow a business and social networking enables this communication. I encourage other firms and companies to adopt social networking as well.
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