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The debate continues among lawyers: Is Twitter the greatest thing since sliced bread or a complete and utter waste of time? I weighed in on the pro-Twitter side last month with my article, "Sixteen Reasons to Tweet on Twitter." Now Eric Turkewitz has his say, writing at his New York Personal Injury Law Blog that his brain is sufficiently swamped as it is without having to follow a steady stream of tweets.

At some point I need to stem this tide. I'm not looking to retreat to a cabin in the woods, eating grubs to survive and working on an anti-technology manifesto, but I also don't feel a compelling need to open every valve of the technology river. There are only 24 hours in the day, and yes, I like to also use some of them to eat and sleep.

He has not been convinced otherwise by the recent launch of LexTweet, a site that aggregates the stream of Twitter posts as it flows from lawyers, law students and others within the legal community. When he checked it out recently, he writes, he found these "pearls of twittering":

  • Is about ready to make some creamy broccoli cheese soup...yummy!
  • Have a serious craving for macaroni & cheese... might have to go to Garden of Eden.
  • OK, finally made it to library, rocking out to "Lavalounge" via, and reading Crim Law. Woot for law school
  • Our four year old has just admitted that she is being bullied at school. ipod is switched off... Kids are so cruel. 

To which Turkewitz says: "Who wants to sort through this crap looking for substance? Thanks, but I have enough to do. Even if I knew these people I wouldn't want to read this dreck."

A panel next Monday at LegalTech in New York will attempt to answer the question, What is Twitter and how can I use it? The panelists -- whom I will be introducing -- lean toward the pro-Twitter side, but I suspect they'll provide a good overview for the curious of what Twitter is all about. So if you're curious about Twitter and in New York Monday, come on by.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 28, 2009 at 11:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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