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Following Citizens United, FEC v. SpeechNow, and McCutcheon, what remains of federal election law is that political action committees can't coordinate with candidates and parties if they want their expenditures to remain "independent."

There are, however, no limits to the ways in which PACs will exploit loopholes (and that's a fact!). This week, CNN reported on a creative way to skirt election laws that sounds like a rejected idea from a John le Carre novel.

MySpace came, then went. So did Friendster. Tumblr was cool once, but then Yahoo bought it and it may or may not be still cool. Facebook and Twitter, for now, have staying power.

But Facebook is evil, man. It's like gathering all of your data to push ads down your throat, and it handed so many things over to the government. It's basically big brother, bro, and nobody likes a surveillance state (or private industry -- whatever).

That's what Ello is: a social network without real name requirements, without data mining, and alas, at least so far, without a lot of other things, like granular privacy controls or you know ... people?

Here are some initial impressions about Ello from my fellow blogger Mark Wilson and me, after trying it out last week:

By now, hopefully we've grown up and realized the fiction that is the "sharing" economy; that is, it's not a lot of "sharing" but a lot of "regular economy."

The San Francisco Chronicle pored through Airbnb's data for that city and found that, far from letting Mom and Pop rent out a spare room, two thirds of the listings were for entire houses or apartments, and one third of the "sharers" listed multiple rentals. (Although, as the Chron acknowledges, many different individual renters hire one of a few property management companies to handle the rentals -- but isn't that also a problem when you have to hire a property management company?)

It's FindLaw's "Legal Shark Week" which means, like it or not, you're going to see a lot of shark-themed posts. If you were traumatized as a kid by the movie "Jaws," we apologize in advance.

Today's topic? Three ways you can be a tech-savvy shark, starting with social media, and continuing with metadata and e-discovery. And as you'll see, these tips aren't just for the fiercest predators -- some of them are actually necessary to be a competent guppy:

The "sharing economy" allows you to make money by "sharing" your car and your house. You can also enlist others help you with physical tasks as well as mental ones.

Until recently, at least one company thought you could share your San Francisco public parking space, but the San Francisco City Attorney quickly put that one to bed, as SF Weekly reported.

It's too soon to be sharing our underwear and kidneys -- the inevitable endpoint of our dystopian future -- but a new app called Fixed is here to help you fight your parking tickets. That's a nice service, but is it legal?

Does your online advertising strategy keep up with the latest tech and SEO trends? Let our experts take a second look.

"You know what would be a great idea? Like, LinkedIn, but for only lawyers man."

"Totally man. Like lawyers and social media and stuff."

Damn it, damn it, damn it. Why didn't I think of this? Oh wait, that's right, because it has been been done -- repeatedly: (deep breath) EsqSocial, Foxwordy, EsqSpot, LegallyMinded, Lawford, MyPractice, Lawyer-Link, HubSTREET, PivotalDiscovery, ESQchat, Martindale-Hubbel Connected, LegalOnRamp, Lawyrs, LawLink, jdOasis, wirelawyer, and of course, the AboveTheLaw comments section. And we'll never forget the Greedy Associates message boards.

Why, in the neon blue hell, do people keep making social networks for lawyers? Seriously.

With social media a mainstay of communication, it's increasingly becoming an issue to deal with when it comes to jurors. Most judges deal with the issue through a jury instruction that lets jurors know that they may not share any information about the trial on social media.

But what about lawyers? Can they keep tabs on jurors by monitoring the jurors' social media accounts?

Earlier this year, the American Bar Association answered that question, reports the ABA Journal. Let's take a look at what the ABA decided, and what, if anything is applicable to your practice.

We've extolled the virtues of Google's Pay Per Click advertising, which is a great way to target ads at clients who are already looking for you, but just don't know it yet -- Google can mine its trove of users' web browsing habits (via its search engine, Chrome browser, Gmail accounts, and other free services) to target ads to people who are researching or dealing with a legal issue.

Google isn't the only game in town, but they certainly are the biggest, and they have the largest amount of personal data. Last week, however, a different tech behemoth stepped in as a possible rival: Facebook.

For a long while there, Google+ was the bad college party: lots of shiny things, maybe some beer, but nobody showed up. You could join, and add people to your circles, but you'd be all alone in an empty room. Google, wishing to compete with Facebook, was saddened by its lack of popularity.

Then Google turned Google+ into a prerequisite for many of its other services, the most notable of which was the forced YouTube integration, which backfired greatly. It turned out that people didn't want their real life identities plastered on their YouTube comments and playlists.

Late last week, the head of Google+ announced, on the social network, that he was leaving the party. TechCrunch followed up with an inside scoop, noting that Google was gutting the division. What does this mean for the future of Google+ and for their customers' privacy?

Are You a Twittering Lawyer? Your New Profile Has Arrived

The new Twitter profile layout is out -- and it's looking good. Have you taken a look? It's more modern, with bigger text, more images, and more information displayed in a clear way. If you want to check it out, log on to Twitter (on a computer, not on your phone) and you'll get a big notice with the option to switch to the new profile with just one click.

If you don't like it, one click will change it back. (If don't see the big notice, go to your old profile and click on the gearbox. Click on settings and go to "profile." From there, you'll see a link called "your profile." Click on that to switch to the new profile layout.)

In honor of the new profile, here are some quick tips on using Twitter effectively as a lawyer.