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Social Media, SEO and Business Development: Growing Connections

May 26, 2011 Blawg

Further to my experiences over the past 8 months with LawCloud as SEO and social media consultant and given my new role as Search and Social Media Manager with Moore Legal Technology Limited, I thought it would be useful to share some insights on the correlation between social media, SEO and business development. The bulk of the ideas below have already been posted on my guest blog post for Connectegrity, although, I have expanded upon some of the reasons why search marketing remains an important weapon in the arsenal of every marketing department in every law firm across the world.

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WardblawG Mentioned in UK Blawg Roundup #6

April 10, 2011 Blawg

I am delighted to have been mentioned in the sixth installation of the UK Blawg Roundup, as written by Brian Inkster of The Time Blawg. In a thoroughly comprehensive review, Brian travels back in time to discuss the early days of UK law blogging (the past), considers the current status (the present) and looks at what is to come (the future). This is a must read for anyone with an interest in blogging, not just blawging.

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Next Legal Tweetup in the UK: Vote Now!

March 24, 2011 Law Practice

Pursuant to the success of the #Lex2011Tweetup in London last week, it has been proposed among the UK’s legal twitterati elite that a second tweetup of a similar scale should take place later this year.

In that respect, it would be helpful if those who are wishing to attend could indicate their preference in the short survey below.

Best wishes and hope to see you later in the year.

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Twitter is down – Head to Linkedin and Quora Instead?

February 26, 2011 Social Media

As the Twitter status site notes today on Saturday 26 February 2011, “Currently experiencing elevated error rates — You may experience some problems loading twitter.com and with Twitter clients. We are aware of the problem and are taking action.”

This is rather annoying as I no longer have my favourite place to vent my service complaints. I’m thus turning to the blawg, linkedin and quora instead. Anyone else in the same boat?

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Google Search Going Social

February 25, 2011 Lawyers Who Tweet

Although founded back in 2009, Google has now launched major updates to its Social Search, which integrates information from Twitter, Flickr and Quora in searches.

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WardblawG’s Top 10 tips for law firms and lawyers on twitter

February 15, 2011 Lawyers Who Tweet

Below are my top 10 twitter tips for law firms and solicitors looking to get the most from twitter. There are many more detailed tips that could be shared, but for the firms and lawyers starting out or looking to improve their social media presence and capabilities to expand their professional network and develop more business, these should be an ideal starting point which should hopefully a love-love relationship with the social media world.

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WardblawG makes an appearance on Channel 4

February 13, 2011 Social Media

WardblawG’s twitter account made an appearance on Channel 4 on Saturday night, 12 February 2011.

Channel 4’s approach to social media is to be welcomed, encouraging use throughout the UK of both Twitter and Facebook to contribute to prime-time tv programmes. With tweeting becoming enabled from the UK courts, with certain important exceptions, we are slowly venturing into a golden age for social media, web 2.0 and law 2.0.

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WardblawG receives mention in The Law Society’s Journal

February 8, 2011 Obiter Dicta

Last month, we were mentioned in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland by Iain Nisbet of Govan Law Centre, who himself runs a Scots law blawg at http://absolvitor.com/. Given that this website was created only in June 2010, this is to be considered a great achievement at what is still just the beginning of this blawg’s journey through the blawgosphere, alongside the other 10 great Scots blawggers mentioned and the blawgging world as a whole. The extract from the Journal Online is as follows:-

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Tommy Sheridan Sentenced: Live Court Tweeting in Scotland

January 26, 2011 General Legal

Tommy Sheridan has been jailed for three years following his conviction in December of committing perjury during his News of the World defamation action. In sentencing Sheridan, Lord Bracadale said “By pursuing a defamation action against the News of the World, you brought the walls of the temple crashing down”

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Trainee Lawyer Tips: The Eleven Commandments

January 24, 2011 General Legal

In a former life I was a trainee solicitor at one of the biggest commercial law firms in Scotland. Below are eleven commandments which it would have been useful to follow from day one. If you have any queries, please contact me at gavin@wardblawg.com

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Why do universities not publish student-generated content online for free?

October 14, 2010 IP & Technology Law

Each year across the world, each university demands that its students submit essays and dissertations electronically. But very little of that work is published online for the world to read. If it was so published, the knowledge contained within would be shared with billions of people around the planet. It follows that students would gain greater incentive to make their work of better quality. So, why not publish worldwide? Below are outlined the current trends towards emphasis on virtual learning and information dissemination through social media, followed by suggested reasons for universities not publishing students’ work more for free, concluding with a recommended course of action for all universities throughout the world to consider.

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Gavin Ward’s WardblawG Update on YouTube

October 4, 2010 General Legal

Gavin Ward of WardblawG giving a presentation on YouTube regarding recent updates to the site.

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Welcome to Law 2.0

August 10, 2010 Law Practice

WardblawG will burst through the 20,000 hit mark today. Partnerships are forming by the day, most recently with Google ads and with lawyers and entrepreneurs around the world. With that in mind, it is now time to unleash the future of law: Welcome to Law 2.0…

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The Frapes of Wrath: High Court fines £10,000 for Facebook Libel

July 29, 2010 Case Notes

Mr Justice Tugendhat ruled that the allegation of paedophilia was serious and could have damaged the plaintiff’s reputation. Now, I don’t know whether Mr Justice Tugendhat has a profile on Facebook or has any idea about social networking sites, but he should be aware, or have been made aware by the defence, that this type of abuse goes on more than he might imagine, albeit not quite as acerbic, indecent and tasteless as in this case. To be clear, the author does not support this sort of bullying in the slightest.

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