Hardly a day goes by without hearing the term social media, and there seems to be a new social media site or app every day. At its core, social media is any form of online electronic communication through which users share information, messages, ideas, and content like photos or videos with an online community.
Social media has impacted the practice of law in a couple major ways. First, social media isn’t just confined to the personal realm, but has become a powerful business tool. Through social media, lawyers can connect with the rest of the legal community, deliver messages and promotional content to the world, and grow business. Second, social media has inextricably woven itself into the body of relevant evidence that makes up nearly every litigation and can be a legitimate source of risk for individuals and businesses if not used properly. As the reach of social media only continues to grow, its impact on law, and litigation in particular, is becoming clear across the profession.