Monthly Archives: June 2013

Work, rest and tweet – tips and traps around social media in the context of work

‘I tweet therefore I am?’  ‘To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question?’ ‘Out, out damned tweet?’ ‘How do I love thee, let me tweet the ways…’

A little mangling of Shakespeare there, but I would love to see what he would have tweeted and blogged in this digital age.
 People have alway loved to communicate with each other, both to those they could talk to and those they left messages for (from the first scratched pictures on the walls of caves, to pinning pamphlets on church doors aka Martin Luther, to publishing books and papers).  What is different now is the ease with which your messages can be spread – and sometimes the unintended reach of them.
Are you embracing new social media, or avoiding it, or somewhere in between (like me)?   There have always been those worried by new ways of communicating. Socrates did not believe in writing his ideas down, preferring to talk about them.  Ironic, isn’t it, that we know about his ideas principally from Plato who wrote down Socrates’ thoughts?!
I am giving a seminar (with fellow barrister Erin Hill) on these issues and more on Tuesday 10 September, 2013  from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Lecture theatre at the Law Institute of Victoria.
We will be looking at advantages and disadvantages of various types of social media including how businesses can protect themselves from unintended consequence of their employees’ use of social media.
(The Law Institute and Dever’s List have partnered to present a four seminar series on related matters of particular interest to In-house Counsel.  This talk will be directed to issues involving social media of interest to lawyers more generally.)
For information, or to register, see