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What Facebook Reveals about New Attorneys

Some states will review bar applicants' Facebook sites when there is cause to do so during consideration for admission to the bar. Be Careful what you post.... Click here for Attorney Ed Poll's insights about your Facebook page. Ed Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC, is a recognized expert in...

Facebook Surpasses Google in Visits

Hitwise reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook just went over 400 million users this was probably inevitable, but since...

Facebook Terminations: Friends Don’t Let Friends Talk Smack About Their Jobs

Written by Virginia Herschell, VP, Applied Discovery In a swirl of continuing controversy, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania terminated an undisclosed number of its professional staff for Facebook postings that may, or may not have, violated HIPAA. Pennsylvania is an "at will" employment...

Facebook's Plans to Revolutionize the Internet

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman recently announced significant changes to Facebook expanding 100's of websites with "open graph" and "like" which may revolutionize the Internet . At the annual f8 Facebook outside developers' conference on April 21, 2010 Zuckerman demonstrated...

Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information

A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge Margaret Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin v...

SHOULD LAW FIRMS BAN USE OF FACEBOOK AT WORK?

I predict that we will look back on this discussion in a few years, and find it hard to believe we were dealing with this. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Martindale-Hubbell Connected, or any of a number of other Social Media networking sites, when managed strategically, they have the...

Lady Gaga Beats President Obama to 10 Million Facebook Fans, Prince Goes Nowhere

At the same time Lady Gaga takes over the Social Media spotlight from the President, Prince announces that the Internet is nowhere and his next album will only be a CD. No surprise what Lady Gaga is doing since "Gaga's Facebook fans organized "National Lady Gaga Day." The accompanying...

Facebook - 500 Million, But What Happens When Friends Die?

Growth at Facebook has been unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million , but last fall a childhood friend died, and a few months later I was taken aback after Facebook asked me to post on his wall. Since so many new Facebook users are grandparents and over 60 more and...

Haunted by Your Social Media Past

One Author Proposes Seemingly-Simple Solution Stacy Snyder is becoming a social media icon for all of the wrong reasons. You may have heard about her situation, as a 25-year-old student teacher, Snyder posted a now-famous (infamous) photo of herself sporting a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic...

Restricting Facebook Use During Hiring: Germany Leads the Way

A proposed law in Germany will restrict employers from using Facebook, and other truly social Social Media sites, when recruiting. However the law would allow employers to search business Social Media sites such as LinkedIn. Since there are no current guidelines in Germany about employer's use of...

Things You Shouldn't Share with Your Facebook Friends

This may seem obvious to many or us, but it is almost always better to be overly-cautious in the age of identity theft. The Huffington Post just published a list of the 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends . Why not? You might ask? According to the article, your page is subject to unintended...

Facebook Now Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews

Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook , and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that the second place, and far behind Facebook, is YouTube...

Facebook Moves to Dismiss Complaint Based On Use of Minors’ “Likes”

A recent class action on behalf of California minors takes aim at Facebook for its practices regarding the use of Facebook members' names, likenesses, and preferences. The plaintiffs allege, among other things, that Facebook encourages its users to communicate "likes" of goods and services...

'Friending' Adverse Witnesses: When Does It Cross The Line Into Unethical Conduct?

You represent the defendant in a personal injury case in which the 20-year-old plaintiff claims that she can no longer enjoy the pleasures of life and is confined to her home. During the course of examining plaintiff's witness in deposition, the witness mentions communicating with the plaintiff on...

Appellate Court Says No Permission Needed to Tag Someone in a Photo

Yet another good find over at Internet Cases . I think it's going to officially be added to my RSS Reader. Excerpt below: Mother sought appellate review of the lower court's order that awarded primary physical custody of her daughter to the child's father. The mother argued, among other...

Social Media and Legal Ethics: Some Clarifications

The jury is (almost) in. We do not, thankfully, anticipate a Casey-Anthony-super-sized-post-verdict outrage when the American Bar Association codifies its Commission on Ethics 20/20 proposed amendments to the Model Rules in 2012. According to the Commission's recent proposal and report , lawyers...

Service Of Process Through Facebook

Courts are increasingly willing to accept service through Facebook and other social media platforms when other methods fail. United States Mpafe v. Mpafe , Hennepin County, MN No. 27-FA-11-3453: Authorized service of divorce proceedings on defendant, who was believed to have left the country, by...

Can We All Agree that Requiring Facebook Passwords Is a Bad Idea, and Move On?

A lot of ink has been recently spilled in both the popular media and the blawgosphere over the apparent trend of employers requiring job applicants to turn over their Facebook passwords as part of the hiring process. The coverage has been so thick and the outrage so great that United States Senators...

Facebook Passwords: The New Unlawful Surveillance of the Work Place

The subject of employer compelled disclosure of employee social media passwords has swept the blog and news worlds. Facebook has weighed in on the subject, and Senators Blumenthal and Schummer have asked the EEOC and the Department of Justice to investigate whether such demands violate current law. Jon...

Who "Owns" Your Social Media Accounts? You or Your Employer?

There is a time bomb in your company that you had better defuse. This is true whether you are employee or employer, because when it blows, both sides will be out lots of time and money, including plenty in attorney's fees. Not that we attorneys don't want your money; it's just that some of...

Want a Job? Clean up Your Online Image

Quick question: What comes up when someone searches for your name in Google? Go ahead, try it. (For an accurate look, open up a different browser from the one you normally use, so you're not "contaminating" your results with personalized Google results.) What do you see? Are these results...

10 Tips for Navigating Defamation Issues in Social Media

By Mary Gately and Victoria Bruno Online and social media have revolutionized the way companies interact with their customers - allowing them to target customer interests and engage customers much more directly. Entering into the world of social media, however, may pose reputational challenges. On...