Do you use social media to connect with your colleagues in the legal profession?
Although sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are hugely successful, many people in the legal profession are uncomfortable using them as platforms to connect with other lawyers. Influential legal figures are using Twitter less and less. It’s very difficult, after all, to make a legal argument in 140 characters!
Award-winning silk Bill Braithwaite QC, Head of Exchange Chambers, recognised the need for a dedicated social media platform to streamline the legal sector’s use of social media.
That’s why he launched Mootis, aimed not just at barristers and solicitors, but anyone who deals with legal issues through the course of their work. Braithwaite hoped that by ‘mooting’ rather than tweeting, lawyers could cut through the clutter with their own unique and bespoke platform and focus on social media that is useful to them and their profession. He said:
“So many barristers – at all levels – understand the need to engage with social media but are not entirely comfortable with the general nature of what is out there at the moment. There’s a lot of clutter. Mootis is specifically tailored for what is a vast legal services marketplace that extends far beyond the Bar.”
Mootis – Far Beyond the Bar
‘The lawyer version of Twitter’
Opened in February 2015, Mootis bears a close resemblance to Twitter in its design and simple functionality. ‘Mooters’ use @ handles in the same way and can ‘moot’ and ‘remoot’ posts. Where it differs, though, is that users can write posts up to 500 characters, rather than Twitter’s restrictive 140 character limit.
In much the same way as LinkedIn, users complete a detailed profile, including their professional information – job, experience, education etc. – with a similar notification when someone views your user profile. Other key features include:
- Uploading and sharing video blogs, documents, images and audio.
- Register as a new user on the Mootis sign up page or log in through Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.
- Register as an individual or organisation.
- Search and connect with people by name or import existing contacts from other social media networks / invite contacts via email.
- Creating polls and surveys.
- Advanced security.
Mootis is still in its infancy, and it’s difficult to know how it will develop and grow. It’s free to use, and Bill Braithwaite QC has been clear that the first few months are about gathering feedback and information as to how lawyers and their associates will use the new social media platform. He is hopeful that its appeal will extent far beyond the bar, to all legal professionals, law students and businesses engaged with the legal sector.
“any law students looking to improve their commercial awareness could do a lot worse than spending a few hours getting to know this innovative platform.”
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