Social Media, Social Media Access to Justice?

Did you take the 4 1/2 minutes to watch the video? If so, you’re one of the statistics who participate in Social Media. And if not, simply by stopping by the blog, you’ve become a statistic.

Do you blog?

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Do you Twitter? twitter_logo_header

Do you have a Facebook account?

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LinkedIn?

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If you’re reading this entry, you have decided that online information (either resources or opinion) is of value to you. And that got me thinking – (wait . . .  here it comes . . .  I have a talent for stating the obvious):

THE INTERNET IS POWERFUL

It is easy and quick to exchange information. Sure, the video targets “marketers” but we “professionals” need to stay current too. While the marketer might use hashtags to hawk wares, the professional can use these same hashtags to educate about a specific idea.

And sometimes social media can even bring in customers, clients or people with legal questions. Each day the SC Access to Justice Commission receives more calls from people trying to navigate their way through the South Carolina civil legal system.

When I ask where they heard about the Commission? THE INTERNET.

Some may argue that most South Carolinians who live in poverty cannot afford the internet. And that may be true. But if I can reach just a few more people with an additional point of access aka the internet, shouldn’t I try?

And, if the video is telling/selling the truth, then more than likely the “new” generation will communicate via social media almost  to the exclusion of traditional media.

So, I’ll keep trying to stay “au courant” or Plain English “CURRENT” with the latest trends because the Commission’s purpose is to remove barriers to access within the civil legal system.

In the meantime, in addition to Twitter, Facebook, etc., I’ll keep my phone, fax and email address.

Feel free to contact me via SNAIL MAIL too. 

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 -RFW

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