Whether you’re new to Twitter or want to expand your reach and engagement in the legal community, there are tools, practices and lists to help you grow your presence into a more meaningful and rewarding experience.
Here are a few of the top resources and practices to help you find lawyers and legal professionals to follow.
Wefollow – Enter a tag and find a relevant list of Twitter users. Lawyer returns a list of more than 1,800 users, and law students, 400+. Librarian turns up over 1,000.
Twellow – Another Twitter directory, Twellow is divided into categories and subcategories. The Law subcategory has almost 79,000 users.
Listorious – Many of us create lists of the people and accounts that we value. Listorious catalogs these lists covering over 2 million of the top Twitter users.
JD Supra – Though somewhat dated, this list of over 700 lawyers and legal professionals to follow is golden.
LexTweet – Follow legal community members who use Twitter to discuss the law and much more, proclaims this excellent curated list over at Kevin O’keefe’s LexBlog site.
Legal Birds – This terrific directory from Justia is sorted by categories and practice area.
Admire someone? Follow who they follow – This is an overlooked but very easy to do and effective practice. Simply go to the Twitter account of the person you admire or find useful and click on their “followers”. If you click on the username in the left column, Twitter now provides a brief bio in the right column along with their latest three tweets. Click on “follow”, and that’s it. A significant advantage that this practice has over tools and lists is the currentness of these accounts.
Review and selectively follow back your new followers — After getting to a few hundred followers by consistently putting out useful content, engaging and methodically following Twitter users in the legal profession and your areas of interest, you’ll receive daily notices of new followers. There are two schools of thought here – follow back everyone or selectively follow back. I strongly support the latter. Following back everyone will get you more followers but will also increase the noise and impact the usefulness of your Twitter experience. Review each follower and follow back only those who add value. Sometimes that may mean following back folks outside of your areas of interest, but who are compelling enough to broaden your horizons.
Your turn. If you have other recommendations, please add in the comments below and we’ll update this list of resources. Thanks!