Judges on Twitter: some other common law jurisdictions

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During a high profile criminal trial in Canada some years ago, the trial judge discovered that someone had created a fake Twitter account in his name. Reporters covering the trial began following the account. This starkly illustrates one of the risks of judges on social media. In that case the judge said he was ‘flabbergasted’ upon finding out about the …

Judges on Twitter – ‘They do it over there but we don’t do it here’

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Here’s a short legal discussion on Twitter of the sort that happens every day, beginning with a question: ‘Tomorrow is our last class before my students’ appellate oral arguments! What advice would you give to a first-time oral advocate?’ A practising lawyer responds: ‘Don’t collapse at questions. Even if it’s aggressive and skeptical, square your shoulders, give your answer and …

Native ads are now king

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How to use content style promotions on social media ‘Blend in to the environment’: it sounds like a military command and certainly not a concept you would associate with the execution of an advertising campaign. Surely the aim is to stand out from the crowd? Well, when it comes to promoting your information online on social media, it is exactly …

Facebook ads are key for publishers but for how long?

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Between them, Facebook and Google account for over half the UK’s digital revenue spend. To the uninitiated this might seem somewhat of a surprise.  There can’t be anyone who isn’t aware of the large-scale dominance of these giants across the digital sphere, but many still view Facebook as a user driven networking platform, synonymous with family pictures, quick personal updates and …

Is blogging still the king of SEO?

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If you manage or work with an organisation that uses the web to promote your information or services, then it is very likely you’ll know or have come into contact with blogs. You may even have written some for your publisher or yourself. It might be you’ve seen it as a chore. Or questioned why there is such ‘hype’ about …

What is the impact of fake news on publishers?

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It is one of the most supercharged topics of our age. The concept of intentionally falsified material being promoted on the internet and social media seems scary and abhorrent to the vast majority of us. For publishers and authors (of non-fiction) it would seem to threaten the very essence of what they are trying to achieve; namely provide facts and …

Judicial blogging: How judges get around the official ban on writing or contributing to ‘web logs’

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The ban on blogging In the popular imagination, the judiciary are perpetually at odds with modernity. It is always a ‘top judge’ who finds himself (it has to be a him, too, doesn’t it?), asking in the face of some baffling evidence, ‘what IS a lunchbox?’ or ‘who or what is One Direction?’ In the same way, crusty old judges …

How do I promote my book with a blog?

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Advice on how to be heard online, what’s your voice? The latest film biopic, ‘Rebel in the Rye’ details the take on the well-known reclusive author JD Salinger – who, despite worldwide acclaim, one cannot imagine ever utilising today’s blogosphere. Why are blogs so crucial? It sounds odd having to justify the value of written information on a publishing site. …