Category Archives: Social media

It’s amazing we had any friends at all…

After discussing our teenage children’s facebook usage – and their facebook ‘friends’ numbering in the hundreds – the taxi driver driving me home yesterday commented about our own time as teenagers without facebook and without the way it makes keeping in touch with people so easy:  “It’s amazing we had any friends at all!”.

Of course, we did have friends (really, at least a few!)  and there are ongoing debates about the quality and real connection (or otherwise) of very extensive facebook ‘friends’.

However, it reminded me again of how things have changed in this social media connected world of ours.

With some 45% of Australians accessing social media at least once a day and 30% of small businesses using it, it is clear that even the way we do business and keep up to date with what is going in our particular industry has changed.  As a lawyer who has been practicing since before faxes (and who well remembers the first clunky huge mobile phones)  I am very interested in how these changes are happening in the legal sphere – both for lawyers, and for those we advise.

Next Tuesday 10 September I am giving a lunchtime seminar about it at the Law Institute of Victoria.

For information, or to register, see

Please come along if you are interested – and please send me your comments on how social media has changed the way you work in the meantime.

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