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As my colleague and fellow tweep Bob Ambrogi posted here yesterday, Twitter.com is gaining traction in legal circles. But what about Twitter's distant cousin, texting or instant messaging, with which it shares a "conciseness" gene? (Twitter limits posts to 140 characters, while IM messages work best when kept short.) In this post, as well as in this longer ABA Journal piece, law technology guru Dennis Kennedy offers some tips for how lawyers can use instant messaging effectively.

Kennedy suggests that texting can be used to determine whether someone is on or offline, and to get quick answers to questions without the bother of e-mail or a return phone call. Commenting on Kennedy's post, Ernie the Attorney suggest another use for texting: as a way to get in touch with someone who may have stepped out of a conference or a deposition and let them know that they need to return, ASAP.

As for texting tips, Kennedy offers six, including giving texting a trial run with family or friends, and avoiding acronyms or emoticons until you understand their meaning.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on October 29, 2008 at 10:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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