Can We Talk?

, The Legal Intelligencer


Have you ever looked around a restaurant and seen couples and families, each holding their own hand-held? Instead of focusing on the ones they're with, they're online, "liking" the restaurant, Tweeting about their clutch parking spot, blogging about the blue cheese dressing and "talking" to others. Talking is more than transmitting words and emoticons — do not even get me started on emoticons, let alone all that bad spelling, endless abbreviations and the complete abandonment of punctuation as we know it.

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  • Nacho

    I think the answer is to keep it simple and balanced. "Maximizing … online presence but minimizing risks" applies to both your personal and professional sides. No need to become a Luddite to keep the conversation and discussion flowing. If well managed, social media is just a new level, adding a layer to the conversation and discussion. Some people might care what you had for breakfast if you enhance the information shared. Even in face-to-face conversation breakfast might pop up: “I just had an amazing coffee at this new Italian place on the corner” Same for social media. Yes, there are too many groups, too many sites, too many tweets, welcome to the world of choices. We might have to find time and a way of “curating” the information, filtering out what is not relevant. There is also a place for anonymous posting and blogging, when the author needs his identity protected for political reasons for example. However, there is no place for hateful postings and comments. Regarding posting pictures, we have to keep in mind that everything shared is no longer private and will find a way to become public. Someone wrote that the internet has a long memory; we have to keep that in mind as well.

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