Mar 24, 2011

ABA Shutters its Social Networking Site

7 Comments · Posted by Robert Ambrogi in General

After the American Bar Association launched its social networking site, LegallyMinded, in December 2008, I wrote a review that I summed up with this title: ABA Social Network Fails to Connect. Regrettably, it was a commendable idea but poorly executed. As I wrote then, “It jettisons features that should be central and weighs itself down with others that are useless or redundant. It is as if the ABA came late to a crowded race, barefoot and with bricks in its backpack.”

Today, the ABA announced that it is shutting down LegallyMinded, effective April 7. In an e-mail sent to everyone who registered for the site, it said: “After careful evaluation of current opportunities and challenges in the digital space, the ABA has decided to cease operation of LegallyMinded at 3pm Central Time on Thursday, April 7, 2011.”

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  • MidwesternLawyer · March 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    When I read this, I thought to myself, “the ABA had a social networking site?” I think that says it all.

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  • Attorney Credits Legal Blog · March 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    [...] the potential of this burgeoning new media (there are over 500 million Facebook users) and the ABA just decided to can its tepid dive into social media ‘LegallyMinded.’ I’m not quite sure what message this sends to the legal profession and no reason was given [...]

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  • Author comment by Bonnie Sashin · March 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Bob,
    You called this one right even when nobody else had the guts to pronounce this “special for lawyers” social networking site dead on arrival. Maybe they should have heeded Guy Kawasaki’s message that it’s essential to do a post-mortem before you launch, and figure out what might not work.

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  • John Tredennick · March 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    This is my favorite line: It is as if the ABA came late to a crowded race, barefoot and with bricks in its backpack.”

    Bricks and a back pack no less? With the ABA it is more like they formed a committee to run the race and they still can’t decide which way to run.

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    [...] interested in legal-vertical sites. We saw the ABA’s social networking site, LegallyMinded, shut down after barely two years. Another one, Lawford, launched last year and is already gone. Both [...]

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    [...] the claim. Have they really not heard of Legal OnRamp, Martindale Connected, or even the ABA’s ill-fated LegallyMinded? This is all the more surprising given that the site lists LexisNexis and Martindale.com as a [...]

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