LinkedIn: Lawyers Adopting Quickly
I mentioned LinkedIn during an in-house presentation at my law firm a few weeks back, and knew at that point about 15% of our Lawyers were on it. Checking back today, that number has jumped to around 35%. And that doesn't include either students (it's almost a given that every new student has an account) or the non-lawyers in the firm (eg. yours truly).
Lawyers already get networking for BD and the "it's who you know" concept, so these numbers really shouldn't surprise. There's a tipping point on any new technology, especially in the legal industry, where adoption suddenly becomes socially acceptable. Many newer web technologies -- blogs, wikis, RSS, tagging, etc. -- are building towards that tipping point. It seems strange to say this, but social networking might just be closer to that cultural break than any of the others.
Not sure I would have thought that a year ago.