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"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.

Facebook, like Google, continues to add to its list of services -- Facebook wants to be our everything. And this week news broke that Facebook is weeks away from getting e-wallet approval in Ireland. Is the U.S. next?

And as a California anti-theft kill switch bill gets debated, mobile phone manufacturers take a preemptive stand. But is it enough to prevent theft?

Exercise Your Right to Exercise: 3 Gadgets That Can Help

As a lawyer, you're a champion for your client -- so you've got to be in fighting shape. Also, as a lawyer, you're hunched over a desk all day, fighting the battle of the bulge. If you are dealing with either one of these challenges, here are some gadgets to make exercise more doable.

The Striiv Smart Pedometer

This is more than a fancy pedometer -- it's a game that appeals to all the typical lawyer character traits: competitiveness, acquisitiveness, idealism, argumentativeness. Okay, not argumentativeness; you can't debate with it (next version?), but there's a lot about this pedometer that makes it almost addictively motivating.

It's Friday, and we're ready for the weekend, so we thought a good roundup of legal tech news was in order. Today, we hear a court's concern for the sweeping government requests for searching electronic data, the Government gives procrastinators a break, and Apple gets multicultural -- with its emojis, that is.

Judge Denies Request to Search iPhone

A few weeks ago, a college student found himself in trouble with the FBI after he bragged about making ricin, having learned to make it from an online search on his iPhone. The Government requested a search warrant to search the student's iPhone and Judge Facciola of the District Court for the District of Columbia denied the request for a warrant because the request was overbroad, reports Ars Technica.

Today marks Twitter's birthday, the day the very first tweet ever was sent out by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. It wasn't particularly as ground breaking as Twitter would eventually become, it all started with

How did I find that tweet from eight years ago you ask? Simple. To mark this momentous day in Twitter history, Twitter has created a Discover tool that allows you to find the first tweet of any account that you look up, reports Slate. So, in honor of Twitter's eighth birthday, we thought we would celebrate by taking a walk down memory lane, and reading the tweets of some notable legal tweeters. Here goes.

Right now, and for the past week, Austin has been the place to be. With SXSW going on, the annual conference on all things interactive (and musical), the gathering has had its share of legal news. Here are some of the legal highlights of SXSW.

Silk Road Founder's Mom Appeals to Attendees

Last October, Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of Silk Road was indicted on charges ranging from money laundering, conspiracy to distribute drugs, and hiring someone to commit murder. Ulbricht's mother, Lyn Ulbricht has made it her mission to help her son, and she's been making the rounds at SXSW, trying to raise money for her son's legal defense, thinking that the "crowd at SXSW would be receptive" to her cause, reports The New York Times. Though she received lots of moral support, there has been no "major uptick in donations," says the Times.