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How Are Lawyers Using Social Media?

If you're a solo lawyer, there's a good chance that you have at least some social media presence for your business. But have you ever wondered just how you stack up in comparison to other attorneys out there? What are the other lawyers and firms doing that you might not be?

To answer that question, we happily stumbled onto this infographic already put together by the practice management company We think you should check it out.

We have to hand it to Massachusetts attorney Richard Goren. When faced with a negative review on Ripoff Report, he didn't just win a defamation victory (alright, it was by default, so it's not too impressive), he convinced the court to transfer him ownership over the copyright of the negative post, in a clever attempt to get around laws that protect websites hosting user-generated content.

But not everyone is amused by Goren's legal maneuvering. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen have filed an amicus brief in Goren's case against Ripoff Report, arguing that Goren's move is an abuse of intellectual property protections.

Zuckerberg's Password Fail: 'Dadada'

Facebook's very own Mark Zuckerberg's suffered the sting of hackers recently when his Twitter and Pinterest accounts were compromised. All fingers seem to be pointing to the 2012 LinkedIn hack that proved to be a major embarrassment for the professional networking site -- and may have revealed Zuckerberg's password.

But it looks like the Facebook CEO could be gaining: his password for multiple accounts was 'dadada'. For shame.

Back in 2012, LinkedIn was hacked and 6.5 million passwords were reportedly leaked. Now it looks like a few more accounts were also compromised -- almost 167 million. And the consequences of that hack are still playing out four years later.

Last week, LinkedIn announced that more than 100 million passwords and matching emails may have been leaked online. If you have a LinkedIn account, here's what you should know, and how you can protect yourself.

For some lawyers, social media networks are a way to reach potential customers and build their name. For others, they're a treasure trove of helpful evidence, with the errant Facebook post becoming the modern-day smoking bullet.

There's no escaping the fact that social media is a major part of today's legal ecosystem. Master it, with these social media tips for attorneys, from the FindLaw archives.

Senate Demands Answers About 'Bias' in Facebook News Trends

If the accusations of Facebook's former news curator are to believed, the social media company's news platform isn't quite as neutral as many people have come to believe. Yesterday, the US Senate Committee called for Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg to respond to a Monday report that the company consistently suppressed conservative news stories from making it to the network's "trending" news section.

So far, the company has denied any allegations of intentional biased manipulation of its news feeds.

It's hard to overestimate the effects social media has had on our lives. Once upon a time, if you wanted to stay in touch with old friends, you had to give them a call -- or at least send them a holiday card. Now, you can simply like their Facebook status. Just a handful of years ago, if you wanted to show off your fancy lunch, you'd have to pull out your Polaroid camera and mail the photos to all your friends. Thankfully, Instagram has solved that problem.

But social media isn't just changing the way we connect to each other, it's having major impacts on how the law is practiced. In a recent post on Huffington Post, Brad Reid, Senior Scholar at the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity at Lipscomb University, laid out the ABC's of how social media is impacting the law, from advertising to securities law. Here's a quick take on the list, plus one addition of our own.

Uber 'Genius' Algorithm Price-Fixing Suit Must Go Forward

Uber wasn't as lucky in its attempt to stop litigation in its tracks as it was in another lawsuit brought against the transport-app company. A US District judge has decided not to grant Uber's motion to dismiss and instead let the price-fixing issues be heard by a jury.

Uber has to do battle on two front's as its Ninth Circuit Case O'Connor et al. v. Uber Technologies has just few months left before it will be heard on the merits.

Facebook Events: A Lawyer's New Marketing Tool?

Hopefully you’ve made the time investment to start making your presence known online in order to expand your market and to tap into other potential clients. You’ve started a blog, you’re managing your SEO, and you’re handling your social media accounts with a handy dashboard.

Speaking of social media, have you considered a Facebook Event? LawTechnology Today suggests that it is one option that is effective at getting a burst of referrals and social media shares. Keep in mind a few things, however.

Malware Is Infiltrating Businesses Through Social Media

While you're reading this in the office, do you also have a Facebook window open? Are you Facebooking at work? You could be putting your law firm's security and data at risk.

It's true. Malware has found weaknesses in social media security to infiltrate business organizations.