Networking at LegalTech with the Here on Biz App

See Nearby HoB MembersLegalTech NY is next week and it’s time to network.  Over the years, I’ve grown more interested in the easy networking opportunities (since I live in NYC) than the content at this event (I find it a little too e-discovery heavy).  As I was planning my week, I was reminded of a new iPhone app that I recently downloaded.  It’s called Here on Biz.

In a nutshell, the Here on Biz (HoB) app adds location awareness to your LinkedIn account allowing you to connect — and meet up — with people around you.  So, say you’re on a business trip (maybe for a legal trade show in New York) and you want to kill some time by finding other business folks who would like to meet up for some networking.  Here on Biz provides you the way to find others looking to do the same.

How to use Here on Biz. Download the app (link) and sign up by connecting it to your LinkedIn account.  When you launch the app, Here on Biz locates you and shows you fellow Here on Biz users in the area.   Check out the profiles and if you find someone interesting, click the plus sign to add them to your HoB network.  When they accept the invitation, you can start a chat and arrange a meet up.  HoB has been described as Foursquare for business.

As the iTunes page for the app says, “Never miss another business opportunity around you. See other LinkedIn members around you who use Here On Biz and connect/chat with them. Be alerted when other group members or those in your network are nearby while you travel.  No more unproductive evenings alone at the hotel lobby bar while traveling on business. Here On Biz allows you to easily network with professionals around you in real time.”

Another nice feature, that should be applicable to the LegalTech crowd, is the ability to check in at a nearby event.  I haven’t used this feature yet, but When I get to LegalTech, I’ll do so.  I invite you to connect with me on Here on Biz.  And maybe we can connect (for real) at LegalTech.


ILTA Knowledge Mangement Reception at LegalTech

Social.  Networking.

The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Knowledge Management and Law Department Peer Groups will be hosting a reception at the LegalTech Conference on January 31 at 5:15 at the Bridges Bar in the Hilton NY Hotel.  the event is sponsored by Autonomy, Bridgeway and Prosperoware.  I hope to see you there.  This is social networking in an analog sort of way.

Register Here

Social Media For Lawyers Meetup Group Talks Twitter in NYC

If you’re in the legal profession, are interested in social media, and are in or near New York City this week, you should join the Social Media for Lawyers Meetup Group for a discussion about Twitter.

The Meetup, called The If’s, Why’s and How’s of Using Twitter, will be this Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM.  The location is still TBD, but will be somewhere in NYC.

As super-Tweeter and group organizer, Alin Wagner-Lahmy (@alinwagnerlahmy) puts it on the Meetup page:

Let’s gather to talk about how Twitter can be used to:

* Promote
* Network
* Learn
* and more

without it taking control over our lives.

As a meet-up, the purpose is to meet face to face. Those who cannot physically attend a NY venue and wish to attend are invited to attend via Twitter.

Location details to be confirmed soon (somewhere in NY City).

$5 fee for those attending f2f to cover location and drinks. If you plan attending through Twitter please still let us know by RSVPing.

Event Hasgtag: #SM4Law

So, please join in the conversation; and tell them you heard about it here.

You can follow LawyerKM on Twitter here.

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LinkedIn Groups to add Discussion Forums | Knowledge Management

I am excited that this Friday, LinkedIn will be adding discussion forums and related features to LinkedIn Groups.  Here is an extract from the email announcement I received: 

This Friday [8/29/08], we will be adding several much-requested features to your group:

  • Discussion forums: Simple discussion spaces for you and your members.
  • Enhanced roster: Searchable list of group members.
  • Digest emails: Daily or weekly digests of new discussion topics which your members may choose to receive. (We will be turning digests on for all current group members soon, and prompting them to set to their own preference.)
  • Group home page: A private space for your members on LinkedIn.

We’re confident that these new features will spur communication, promote collaboration, and make your group more valuable to you and your members.

Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals (KMLP) is a LinkedIn group of over 600 members.  I had been looking for relatively easy ways to foster collaboration among members of this group for quite some time.  The Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals Netvibes page is a good place to see some good legal KM blogs and, but the collaboration there has been sparse.   The Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals Facebook Group has had more success in getting discussions going.   I am hopeful that these new LinkedIn features will be a step in the right direction.  

On a related note, I encourage everyone to check out a new social news network site that, I think, shows some promise.  It is called Social Median.  I set up a network there called (you guessed it) Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals.   I like it because it aggregates relevant news and information and offers RSS delivery of the content. 

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LinkedIn adds Searchable Group Directory

Everyone’s favorite online business networking website, LinkedIn, has had groups for quite a while. They have also had a groups directory for a while – but it has never been searchable. Up until now (well, tomorrow really), the only ways to learn about interesting groups that you might want to join were word of mouth, or noticing a group badge on a someone’s profile.

LinkedIn announced that on Friday, July 11 (also known as Apple iPhone 3G Day), it will add a seachable group directory. Now you can run a search like “knowledge management” and you’ll find groups, including my favorite: [shamelss plug alert] “Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals.”

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Thomson-West Acquires Contact Networks | Knowledge Management

From Contact Networks‘ website:

Thomson, the world’s leading information company, has acquired Contact Networks, the global leader in Enterprise Relationship Management, providing social networking for the corporate market. Geoffrey Hyatt, CEO and Founder, states “Contact Networks has built a dominant leadership position with ContactNet, the first and most successful product for enterprise social networking. The best companies around the world already use ContactNet to harness the power of their relationship networks. Joining forces with Thomson continues and accelerates this rapid growth with the full resources of a global leader in information and technology.”

This should help Thomson-West compete with Lexis’ InterAction product, which is the market leader in law firm CRM.  It should also give Contact Networks a major leg up over competitor BranchIT.

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