Need more structure in your online social networking? Legal Tweetups are a great way to professionally network online. They also provide some of the most real-time discussions of current legal topics. If you’re looking for an interesting legal¬†Tweetup I recommend¬†participating in the weekly legal Tweetup #legalchat.

Introducing #LegalChat

Legalchat, @legalchatter (@legalchat is being twittersquatted) is a weekly legal chat that takes place every Friday at 11:00am EST. Moderated by @DannymJohnson, a future law student and current legal technologist at NetDocuments. As Danny describes it, legalchat was designed:

to be an informal way to share information, learn and interact with people in a simple and open way.

In only its first week, LegalChat had 43 contributors and over 400 tweets. The first topic was social media with good insight from people from all different backgrounds including IT professionals, lawyers, consultants, tech vendors, and marketers. Last week, we had an interesting discussion on the use of mobile devices and apps in the practice of law.

An example legal chat discussion

Online Social Networking

I have found that using hashtags to find, organize, and participate in Tweetups like #legalchat are one of the most effective ways to communicate with Twitter and socially network online.

Engaging in scheduled topical discussions can really help you meet new people, build new online relationships, and engineer your online social networks. When you find a hashtag that you find interesting and carries discussion, don’t forget to save it as a search. That way you can easily find it again and join in on future discussions.

If you have topic ideas for legalchat, you can contribute discussion questions here.

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Legal Online Social Networks?

As online social networking continues to evolve, more effective ways of using social media and social networking tools are emerging quickly. Tweetups are just one way to put more structure in your social networking with Twitter.

What other techniques are you seeing to make social networking work better? How are you using Twitter for social networking? Have you participated in Tweetups? What are some of your favorites? What other hashtags should legal professionals check out?


  1. Best post ever! I’m biased of course ;) Thanks for the write-up GYI…see everyone on Friday!

  2. Amanda Ellis says:

    #LawJobChat (last Thursday of each month at 9pm EST) is another chat for legal job seekers that launched in July 2010. The January chat focused on careers in sports law –

    And, just for clarification, I refer to chats on Twitter as “Twitter chats.” I use “tweetup” for face-to-face meetings – for example, we have Dallas Legal Tweetups where lawyers who tweet meet in person for drinks, etc.

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