The Future of Online Networking for Lawyers

The current issue of the Boston Bar Journal (PDF) is devoted to Web 2.0. It includes a brief essay of mine, “The Future of Online Networking” (page 18 of the journal and page 20 of the PDF). The gist of my essay is summed up in this:

The future of these sites, at least within the legal profession, promises more than mere connections. Networking will remain a key part of the picture, but as more sites compete to serve the legal profession, they will offer more diverse and practical suites of tools.

Networking sites will morph into broader, online communities for legal professionals. Along with connections, they will offer community, content and collaboration. They will be places where lawyers will not simply network with each other, but also work with each other and share resources with each other in more substantive ways.

The Boston Bar Journal is the magazine of the Boston Bar Association.