The legal profession has been slow to adopt many Web 2.0 technologies, but we are getting there. A recent survey by CCH found that:
- 59% use Web 2.0 technology at least once per week – most use it for professional purposes
- 54% of social media usage is for professional research
- 72% of professionals value information from peers as much as something published in a book
- When asked whether their firms maintain a presence in an online community/social network such as Facebook, LinkedIn, LawLink, or Legal OnRamp, overall twelve percent (12%) of respondents report affirmatively, up from 4% in the 2008 survey
- When asked whether they personally maintain a presence in an online community/social network such as Facebook, LinkedIn, LawLink, or Legal OnRamp, overall, 43% of respondents answered affirmatively, almost three times the percentage (15%) in the 2008 survey
We still have a long way to go, but I think that most in the profession are open to learning more about new technologies that will improve their practice and service to clients. I recently showed my Google Reader to an attorney who confessed that he did not know what I meant when I asked him about receiving information via an RSS feed. Once I showed it to him and explained how it would help cut down on email, he was hooked.
Hat tip to explodedlibrary bunker.