Lawyers, Law Firms and Social Networking: Facebook and Twitter

The best way to decide whether to use social networking sites at all and, if you do, to figure out how to do so responsibly is to listen to technologists.  A good place to start is by listening to “Protecting Your Privacy on Social Networking Sites,” presented by NPR’s Ira Flato on Science Friday.

A reasonable assumption to make, at least at the outset, is this: everything you put on Facebook or Twitter will be available FOREVER for viewing by friends, enemies, strangers, government agencies, employers, spouses, children, educational institutions, tabloids, parents, in-laws, opposing counsel, judges, disciplinary authorities, jurors, witnesses, private investigators, teachers, students, classmates, teammates, opponents, priests, ministers, coaches, co-workers, advertisers, opposition researchers, criminals (thieves of all kinds), stalkers, jealous would-be or former partners, friends, lovers, one-night standers, doctors, nurses, patients, insurance companies and others.