How to lose followers on Twitter – a helpful guide for lawyers and legal journalists

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  • My, my don't the trolls get envious! Must be all that time under bridges, ruminating...

    DAG - keep up the good work
    Trolls - back under your bridges!!

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  • As a newly ABA certified paralegal, I enjoy reading about how people in the legal profession think. I tend to try to approach legal issues using the IRAC method. It helps me organize my thoughts. Reading how you approach issues and frame your arguments has been helpful to me in following the content of many tweeters. Thanks for your insight and contributions.

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  • Twitter following is much like making love to a beautiful woman (but without the fine wine and belgian chocolates). You send a bit of time spying on them. Then you follow them about before you pluck up the courage and to try to get their attention. You are flattered when you get a response that seems to pick you out as special amongst their many admirers. Maybe a dialogue ensues and you are happy to go about in public being closely associated with one another, knowing as you do that your intercourse is filling other admirers with jealousy. After a while you notice you don't really agree with, or even like, one or two things about them. Actually alot of what they say really grates. In the end you have to decide whether you are prepared to carry on having to listen to their incessant drivel or politely quit their company for good.

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  • @premsafety shameless twitter plug
    What makes you think that it is appropriate to introduce a sexist analogy for this discussion about new media? "like making love to a beautiful woman" - I assume that you are male, straight, and not the youngest lawyer in your office. I also assume that you have not yet realised that the world has moved on. In 2012 it is totally inappropriate, even in corporate law circles (yes, shock! horror!) to raise sexist remarks in supposed jest. Your attitude is unwanted and outdated. The legal sector has enough image problems already and does not need people like you dragging us backwards. (For the record, I am a senior lawyer and straight male in my early 40s, but that should make no difference to the fact that your attitude is outdated for all genders and all generations).

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  • "Post two or more tweets and then you will be unfollowed just because you are clogging up their timeline."
    Why then have you posted 25 tweets in the past one-and-a-half hours? If you are unwilling (or unable) to follow your own advice, what does that say about the value that should be placed upon it?

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  • @Anonymous 1007am Sorry if you were offended. I was paraphrasing the comedy character "Swiss Toni" - a used car salesman as portrayed by Charlie Higson in The Fast Show, Reeves and Mortimer, and his own eponymous spin off. It seems us forty something males don't all share the same taste in telly or appreciation of an ironic commentary on our own middle aged inadequacies. Maybe not being a lawyer though I can appreciate a less literal reading of any text I'm presented with, which is maybe why I can spot a joke when I see it and some people (including people who mistake the intention in tweets about blowing up midlands airports) cannot.

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