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Among lawyers on Twitter (of which I am one), there was a chorus of excited tweeting yesterday about the Wall Street Journal article that declared, "Twitter Goes Mainstream." Their excitement was not merely over the article's conclusion that "Twitter is starting to cross into the mainstream," but even more over the article's inclusion of one of their own to make its case, Fredericksburg, Va., lawyer Andrew Flusche, known to those on Twitter as @aflusche. Here is the portion of the article that has these lawyers all atwitter:

Other users are flocking to Twitter as an easy self-publishing and promotional tool. People are using it to build up their professional reputation by sharing updates about their work in a less time-intensive way than starting a blog. Andrew Flusche, an attorney in Fredericksburg, Va., recently used Twitter to promote a webinar he was holding on trademark registration. The session got 15 attendees, compared with seven for a subsequent seminar he didn't promote on the service.

Mr. Flusche, 26, has also found the service handy for referring cases to experts in other areas, as well as keeping up with professional contacts he doesn't see often. "You get interesting glimpses of them," he says. "It's a different way to network with people and get to know them."

We wonder how all this sits with Brian McDonough, whose recent post at Legal Pad made quite clear that he is anything but a lovebird in his feelings towards Twitter. He described it as "the mutant stepchild of text messages and blogging," and called it "as silly for lawyers as for anyone else." Thus, while the mainstream media pronounces Twitter mainstream, McDonough seems to suggest that those who tweet are somewhat bird-brained.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 28, 2008 at 02:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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