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This was my 10th year at ABA Technology Show in Chicago. This year was particularly cool. Here’s why:
Meeting The Heavies: To me, seeing people like Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighelle, Bob Ambrogi, Jim Calloway, Kevin O’Keefe, Brett Burney, Andy Atkins, Jay Foonberg (!) and the rest of my pretend blog friends … I mean pretend LinkedIn friends … is like reconnecting with long lost relatives. Exciting and a little intimidating. But all of them were really great and down to earth. Except that Kennedy. Such a prima donna. I kid, I kid.
Meeting Canadians: Who can forget meeting the Great Librarian of Upper Canada! Beat that. Then there was Phil of the Future (my name for him), Steve Matthews (nice guy), Brett Burney (I think he’s Canadian), Dominic Jaar (vive la Quebec libre!), the boys from Clio (or as I called them, the Booth Babes), and a host of other talent from the Great White North. It was great to meet you all: now go back where the ice doesn’t melt until July.
Technology Becoming Accepted: This year for the first time in memory I noticed a preponderance of grey hairs and the careful gait of partners scoping out potential buys for their offices. This was not the brash, flash-in-the-pan TechShow of the late-90’s in which the Internet was decried as a fad.
SaaS, Saas, and more Saas: Software as a service was all over the place, and by next year it will be pervasive. This year I was knocked out by the number and variety of kick-ass SaaS providers at the show including Clio, RocketMatter, and VLO Tech. Clio was my hands-down favorite for a number of reasons – I intend to use it in my own practice. Whatever your cup of tea, the idea of throwing away the IT department in favor of the Cloud is gaining traction fast.
Less is … Less: One lamentable fact about this year’s show – there was less of it than I’ve seen in a long time. Another casualty of the economy I’d say, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that many legal technology vendors have been slaves to profit instead of boosters for innovation and the slow economy is making it painfully apparent what a royal screw job they’ve been giving lawyers all these years. Many players couldn’t make it ? Good riddance to bad company.
Other than that however, it was a great experience as always and one that I heartily recommend to one and all. If you haven’t been to TechShow, go there. If you have, come back. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
Check out Twitter coverage of TechShow.
As always, I’d love your thoughts. E-mail me at mhedayat[at]mha-law.com or tweet me @practichacker.
Conveneer, a Swedish mobile startup is building a mobile platform called Mikz that would assign a unique URL to your mobile phone, making content on your phone accessible on the Web. In essence, it turns each mobile phone into a Web server. Once your phone has a URL, Web applications and services can incorporate the data locked in there and, conversely, your phone can take advantage of common Web applications and information on the Web. Mikz can pull information such as contacts, GPS coordinates, and files from your phone. It then creates a Web interface for your phone so that you access that information anywhere. The result will be, among other things that you would never lose any telephone data again or need to back up or synchronize. You would simply have access to the information because it is all on a central location. Looking a step further ahead, that same information should be available to incorporate into office applications, documents, pleadings, letters, etc., etc., etc.
Change in the profession is more likely to bubble up from new lawyers than to descend from partners at law firms. To start with here is a list of law schools that have decided to join the national dialogue on Twitter – let me know if you know of others:
Courtesy of my colleagues on LinkedIn and the geeks at interactive insights group comes this handy list of websites designed to help measure the “value” of social media (is there any?).
What do you expect from social media such as FaceBook, Twitter, and the rest? Can the reality live up to the hype?
Can’t enough Twitter? You’re not alone. Herein I present a selection from the 140+ Twitter tools featured recently on Mashable. I’ve highlighted the ones that lawyers can use right away. If you don’t “get” how they can be useful let me know and I’ll post a follow up or explain via comments.
Brabblr – Post to all your micro blogging services at once Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, Tumblr, Jabber, Frazr, etc.
Autopostr – This service lets your friends in Twitter know when you post a new picture on Flickr.
EmailTwitter – With this service, you can send tweets to Twitter from a cellphone without incurring SMS charges.
GroupTweet – Allows you to post private message to a group of Twitter friends.
Hashtags – You can add tags to your Twitter posts with this service.
HelloTxt – Update Twitter and a host of other micro blogging and social networking sites with one click.
LinkBunch – Need to share more than one link in a tweet? LinkBunch puts together all the links and provides you one link that you can share on Twitter. As you might have understood, this can be used not just with Twitter, but also with emails, IMs, SMS, etc.
LiveTwitting – Helps you cover a conference live on Twitter. Similar to liveblogging, only cooler.
MicroRevie – Post reviews on twitter accs and this service will turn them into microformats.
Mobypicture – A service to post to your blog and micro-blogging sites like Twitter through your mobile phone.
OutTwit – A tool for Outlook that will send the latest tweets from your friends as incoming email messages.
SecretTweet – Post to Twitter anonymously. If you really need to.
SnapTweet – Allows you to post your Flickr pictures to Twitter.
Snitter – Adobe AIR desktop client for Twitter compatible with Mac and Windows.
Twhirl – desktop client based on Adobe AIR. Impressive features including multiple Twitter accounts, connect to Friendfeed, post image to Twitpic, post to Pownce and Jaiku simultaneously, and search using Tweetscan.
TweetCube – This service allows you to post files on Twitter. Files that can be shared include .zip, .rar, .pdf, .jpg, .png, .gif, .mp3 and .txt.
Tweetr– an AIR based Twitter client for MAC and PC. You can use this to send files upto 100MB.
Twibler – posts your ebay listings to Twitter automatically.
Twideeo – You can post videos to Twitter using this service that lets you upload the vid to their site and then generates a link to your video.
Twit+ – You can tweet pictures, videos, and files using this service publicly or privately among your friends on Twitter.
Twitxr – Another neat way to post a picture on Twitter, Facebook, or Picassa.
TweetChannel – You can add TweetChannel as your friend in Twitter to help you channel your various posts.
TweetLater – An useful service to schedule your Twitter posts for the future.
Twitpic – Share pictures on Twitter using Twitpic.
Twitsay – You can tweet an audio recording to Twitter using this new and popular service.
Twits Like Me – You can use this service to find people on Twitter who share your interests.
TwitterCal – This service allows you to post events from your Google calendar to your Twitter accounts.
Twitter Feed – This tool allows you to send your blog atom or RSS feed to Twitter.
TwitterGram – Post an mp3 on Twitter using this service.
Twitteroo – This is another popular desktop client for Twitter.
TwitterIM – Using this tool, you can tweet from Windows Live Messenger and ICQ.
Twitterlights – This tool allows you to highlight snippets of text from any webpage and send it to twitter. The url of the page also gets converted into a tinyurl and gets included in your tweet.
Twitter Reply – With this tool, you can send your Twitter updates on a secret email address, or through Windows Live Messenger or ICQ.
Twittershare – This desktop/web application also allows you to post pictures on Twitter. Works on Mac as well.
VisualTwitter – Allow you to post pictures on Twitter.
TopTweet – This site provides you updates from the top Twitter personalities. Yes, it took us a lot of tries to take a screenshot without Scoble in it.
TweetWire – TweetWire grabs the freshest links posted on Twitter and displays them Yahoo News page style.
Twitter100 – Just like in your personal start pages, this tool will allocate a box to each of the people you follow on a single page and display their latest tweets.
Twitterator – Twitterator enables you to follow a group of people at one go.
Twitter Digest – This tool allows you to subscribe to a message stream from a Twitter user of a group of users on the web or through an atom feed.
Alpha Twitter – This site provides you with the top links on Twitter.
Summize – The leader of this space; lets you create an RSS feed consisting of posts responsive to your query.
Flaptor Twitter Search – Simple Twitter search engine. You can get an RSS feed out of your search query as well.
Terraminds – Another search tool for Twitter.
Tweet Scan – This is a search engine for Twitter indexing all the public messages on Twitter.
Twits Like Me – This tool helps you find people on Twitter who share your interests.
Twitterment – Search engine for Twitter powered by Google search.
TwitterWho – Using this, you can search for multiple queries on Twitter at one go.
Twubble – Find people who share your interests and highlight current friends you already follow.
TwitBuzz – Follows links, messages, and users on Twitter and displays them nicely on its site Digg-style.
TweetBeep – Like Google Alerts – sends an alert whenever a keyword is mentioned or somebody links to you.
TwitGraph – Provides graphs of your Twitter usage – tweets by day, top 5 words, top 5 links, top replies.
Twitterlinkr – Shows the most popular links being posted on Twitter.
24oclocks – Tweets displayed by the hour of the day.
GeoTwitterous – Displays where the people you follow call home on a global map.
My Tweet Map – Latest tweets from your friends on a map.
Quotably – Check out a user’s conversations in a conversation thread. Extremely useful.
Sitevolume – Like Alexa: lets you see how many times a term has been used on Twitter, Digg, MySpace, YouTube, or Flickr. Add in multiple terms and see bar graphs comparing the terms.
Twetterboard – An analytics service that provides information about popular Twitter users and popular links.
Tweetburner – Tweetburner gives you click stats for the links you posted in Twitter.
Twittermeter – See how frequently a word has been used on Twitter. You can also compare two or more words.
Twemes – Twemes follows Twitter public messages with particular tags to build a meme around a topic.
TweetStats – Twitter statistics including timeline, tweets/mo. and tweets/hr.
TweetVolume – See how many times a particular word appears; compare up to 5 words via bar graph.
TwitterLocal – This tool allows you to generate an RSS Feed of a filtered list of tweets from a certain area.
Tweetmeme – Displays popular topics on Twitter and those people talking about that topic.
Twist – Trends of what people are saying on Twitter (like Google Trends for internet search words).
Twittermap – This tool displays the most recent public updates in the last 12 hours.
Twittermeter – Allows you to compare any keywords used on Twitter on through a graphical interface.
Twitt(url)y – Tracks the most linked to urls on Twitter and display them Digg-style.
iPhone + Others
Twitter for iPhone – Another Twitter client for your iPhone.
iTwtr – This is an open source Twitter client for iphones.
Pocket Tweets – A web based Twitter client for the iphone.
Twittai – A Java-based Twitter client compatible with more than 200 kinds of mobile phones.
ceTwit – Twitter client for Windows Mobile. Not as cool as the iPhone versions, but then again, what is?
Twapper – Send updates from your 30boxes calendar to your mobile phone using Twitter.
TwitterFone – You can update Twitter from your mobile phone using this service.
Qik – Stream videos from mobile phone to Twitter. Works really well.
Crowd Status – View the status of friends on one page.
@answerme – Track the questions you ask.
CommuterFeed – Shared traffic reports using Twitter.
Hahlo – if you are not satisfied with your Twitter interface, you can check out Hahlo to manage your Twitter account. It gives you a separate profile page and the rest of the Twitter features in a new look.
LoudTwitter – This tool posts your Twitter posts on your blog. Hey, isn’t Twitter supposed to be some kind of a blog, too? Now I’m confused.
My Tweeple – Manage your friends and followers in Twitter on a single web page.
Politweets – You can check out your presidential candidate’s popularity on Twitter here.
StrawPoll – Sends out polls on Twitter that you can participate on. As they say, you can never have too many polls.
TrackThis – Get updates of your shipment using Twitter. It supports FedEx, UPS, USPS and DHL tracking codes.
Twitterfeed – Posts your blog posts automatically to Twitter.
Tweetclouds – Create a word cloud from a public Twitter stream using this service.
Tweet Clouds – Make a tag cloud from your Twitter posts.
Tweetpeek – You can create a group Twitter feed with Tweetpeek.
TweetWheel – You can find out which of your Twitter friends know each other with this service.
Twitku – Mashup of Twitter, Jaiku, and Pownce public timelines. You can also post from its interface.
Twitpoll – You can participate on polls using Twitter through Twitpoll.
Tweetshots – this service allows you to take your Twitter posts to Tumblr, embed in websites, or send over email.
TwitterAnswers – Combines Twitter and Mosio so that you can send questions over Twitter and have them answered by other people.
Twitter Census – You can create surveys on Twitter using this service.
TwitterNotes – You can create notes on TwitterNotes using Twitter and tagging your notes.
Xpenser – Record your expenses using Twitter. You can also use other mediums like email, SMS, IM, voice, etc.