It can be hard enough just to get courts to release opinions in a timely manner, but to have them tweet out their every move? Instant gratification.
And there's no need to go searching around for every court's Twitter account either. Twitter lets you organize Twitter users into groups, making it easy to manage what how you see tweets -- and making it easy to follow whole groups at once. To help you out, FindLaw has assembled a number of Twitter lists, including Courts That Tweet, featuring the best of the legal Twittersphere.
How and Why to Use Twitter Lists
If you're on Twitter, and you should be, you know that the constant barrage of tweets -- covering everything from breaking news to your niece's lunch -- can be overwhelming at times. Using lists help you group relevant accounts together and focus in on the posts you want to see. They're easy to create as well -- four simple steps and you're there.
But, lists have an extra benefit -- they let someone else do the work for you. Subscribing to a list that's been "curated" by another user gives you instant access to some of the best tweets around.
They are few in number, but they are active. Court Twitter accounts keep you up to date on what's happening in state and federal courts. There's no need to go searching through a court's website -- you can simply check out your twitter feed, where courts such as the Indiana and Tennessee state courts will tweet opinions just for you.
Hey, your tuition paid for that social media job, so you better check it out! Turns out, it was probably a good investment. Law schools tweet -- a lot -- and their thoughts are often informative and entertaining. Following law schools, whether your alma mater or another, is a great way to hear about speeches, conferences and important publications from legal academia.
We'd be remiss if we forgot to mention bar association Twitter accounts. From important reminders -- Florida lawyers, you've got until tomorrow to apply for a judgeship -- to helpful tips, bar associations are worth your follow.