Law tweeting proposition 2

By Nick Holmes on June 2, 2008
Filed under Twitter

Excellent response to my call to arms for blawgers to start tweeting. First up were John Bolch, Nearly Legal, Usefully Employed, LawMinx and Charon QC.

So now for my next proposition: pipe us the best feeds in your area of legal interest. Here’s how:

Set up a new Twitter account with a meaningful username like xxxlaw. The land grab for Twitter usernames like these is not yet under way, so you should be able to nab your preferred one. You will need to have a usable alternative email address for the account as an email can only be used for one account. Be sure also to use other appropriate keywords in the “bio” for the account.

Pipe into this account using Twitterfeed the best law news feeds in your subject area. I’d restrict it to just three or four; more may be overkill. But it’s up entirely to you of course.

Now follow it yourself and promote it to others. A stream of useful news will now intersperse the social tweets you follow.

For general law news, follow my lawtweets.


Inspiring stuff Nick, keep up the good work

by Alex on 2 June 2008 at 1:00 pm. #

Hmm. I’ve already got just about all housing law feeds (and some self created page scraping feeds) running into a yahoo pipe (a la your family law pipe). Could I put the resulting feed into twitterfeed and so forth? Why not – I’ll have a play this evening. Assuming twitter is actually up, which right now, it isn’t. That would be a use for it – although of limited potential take up at the moment I’d guess.

by Nearly Legal on 2 June 2008 at 1:56 pm. #

Great idea. Check out the following Twitter accounts if interested:


by Michael Scott on 2 June 2008 at 3:10 pm. #

@Nearly Legal You could I’m sure feed your YP into Twitter, but that would be overkill don’t you think. I’d say compile a more selective compendium based on relevance, immediacy and impact and total items per day in aggregate.

by Nick Holmes on 2 June 2008 at 3:47 pm. #

Not sure – the feed isn’t high traffic – 3 or 4 items most days, but one source does tend to dump 10 or so items in at once.

Yep, I’ll do a low output targetted version

by Contact on 2 June 2008 at 7:44 pm. #

ok is up (and waiting for actual content). Does this mean that anyone who has a housing law snippet can get it on the twitter account by an @housinglaw message? That could be useful.

by Contact on 2 June 2008 at 8:26 pm. #

NL Not exactly sure what you’re asking. A user will see replies according to their Settings preferences. If they follow @housinglaw and someone they follow replies to @housinglaw, they will see that by default. If setting is changed to all, they will see all replies to @housinglaw (er … I think)

by Nick Holmes on 3 June 2008 at 11:45 am. #

NL Another thing, In Twitterfeed, prefix each feed with the blog name for ID/accreditation

by Nick Holmes on 3 June 2008 at 12:32 pm. #

Nick, prefixes sorted.

I’m not sure how the see all would work either for @housinglaw. If it is just pre-existng friends, then maybe less useful – less of a clearing house, if you see what I mean.

by Contact on 3 June 2008 at 10:15 pm. #

FriendFeed is Twitter on steroids.

by Simon Deane-Johns on 25 June 2008 at 12:43 pm. #