ABA Journal Blawg 100 and By Request December at DennisKennedy.Blog

It was a nice surprise today to learn today that this blog (DennisKennedy.Blog) was again named as one of the blogs on the ABA Journal’s 3rd annual Blawg 100 list, in the category of legal tech blogs. You’ll see that the legal tech category is well-represented with a large number of great blogs.
I must confess that it is nice to get recognition for what I do (and have done) with this blog, especially as a lot of legal tech content that would have made it onto this blog in the past has instead gone into the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast. However, I enjoy even more the way other great legal tech blogs are getting some well-deserved recognition and attention. Check them out, as well as other blawgs on the Blawg 100 list.

I want to congratulate every blogger who made the list. I also want to compliment the ABA Journal on the immense amount of work that went into the Blawg 100 selections and descriptions and for its support of the blawgging community.
I thought this would be an appropriate time to also recognize and express my appreciation for the readers of this blog, especially those who have read the blog for many years.
In the recently-completed Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band tour, Bruce would say that they tried to come up with a special way to say “thank you” to fans and came up with the idea of playing live versions of specific albums in concert. As you may know, I got to see the full version of the Born to Run album in St. Louis.
I can’t really do anything that special, but I had an idea over Thanksgiving that I was already planning to announce today, it seems even more appropriate now.
Over the years, one of the things this blog has been known for, and something I used to do on a regular basis, is my feature of doing “by request” posts where I answer questions from readers as blog posts.
My announcement is that the entire month of December will be “By Request” month and I’ll attempt to answer as many of the questions I get as I can.
The rules: Basically, any question is fair game, although I reserve the right to edit questions to fit what I want to right or to answer an easier question than the one you ask.
You can submit a question in any way that you can get a question to me; just be sure to flag it as a “By Request” question. In other words, leave a comment on this post (or a later “By request” post), email me at denniskennedyblog @ gmail . com; or reach me via Twitter (@denniskennedy or @dkennedyblog), Facebook, LinkedIn, whatever. I’ve probably set up a Google Wave for this purpose soon too.
If there’s a question you’ve always wanted to ask me, now’s the perfect time.
In exchange, I have a favor to ask you. Let me quote what I said last year about the Blawg 100 and the voting aspect of it:

However, I do have some mixed feelings about this recognition that come from the fact that, as the author of a monthly technology column for the ABA Journal, I’m a paid contributor to the magazine. For that reason, I really wouldn’t mind if they left me off the list entirely, but, because of this and because my relationship with the ABA Journal might not be completely clear from the Blawg 100 blurb, I do have a favor to ask.
Part of the Blawg 100 is a contest for votes for the top blog in each category. There are . . . other great choices in the [Legal Technology] category, several of which are likely to end up with one of my own 2009 Blawggie awards. Please vote for one of them – I would be very uncomfortable if I won this category because I am a paid contributor to the magazine. It wouldn’t feel right to me, and it probably wouldn’t look right to others.

Instead, if you like my blog, I ask you to check out my most recent ABA Journal column, consider becoming a follower of my microblog (@dkennedyblog), subscribing to the RSS feed for this blog, checking out the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network or buying a copy of The Lawyers Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together.
The most important point I’d like to make about the Blawg 100 is that it, in addition to generating conversation about law-related blogs, gives you a great way to sample blogs and pick some new blogs to subscribe to. Take advantage of that opportunity.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Recent Microblog Posts – November 23, 2009

Here’s the latest collection of posts from DennisKennedy.Microblog, which is a supplement to this blog that can be found on Twitter at @dkennedyblog. I invite you to become a follower. An explanation of the microblog can be found here.
Here are recent posts from the microblog (an exceptionally good collection, IMO):

See twitter like someone else at cTwittlike (http://www.ctwittlike.net) – check out the twitterstream of people you know
Timelapse animation of US unemployment rates by county since 2007 – http://bit.ly/3tpIl0
Jane Genova – “Midsized Law Firms – Those online video trailers as new killer app” – http://bit.ly/7kGTIc
Twitter’s Positive Effect on Crafting Presentations – http://bit.ly/66uLtJ
Anyone else trying out Fishbowl (http://bit.ly/5nviKw; http://www.fishbowlclient.com/ or other desktop apps for FacebooK?
Steve Rubel: Apple “Tablet” and Chrome OS are Meaningless – the Phone is the Future of Computing – http://bit.ly/40Z7nc

Dave Winer on “Rebooting Personal News” – http://bit.ly/1CEOCK – delivering the backstory with the update
New post on DennisKennedy.Blog – “Making a List and Sharing It Too – New Podcast” – http://bit.ly/2Q4BvW
Marshall Kirkpatrick on how blogging has changed over last 3 years (stats) – http://bit.ly/45DlC – blog posts have longer life spans
Andrew Dlugan on “right-sizing” your speaking gestures – http://bit.ly/3XdB4q
Valdis Krebs on network weaving – how did we get into our personal networks? http://bit.ly/3aieTt - same as it ever was
Results are in from Lifehacker’s survey on best online backup tool – it’s Dropbox – http://bit.ly/41mLqX
Presenter or tool? Dave Paradi has great presentation tips from his “Annoying PowerPoint Survey” – http://bit.ly/2FPlnR
Ron Friedman raises the question litigators often won’t: “The E-Discovery Battle between Vendors and Firms Has Arrived?” http://bit.ly/lcll9
Wait. Wait. You mean the default Twitter background isn’t cool enough? – http://bit.ly/2vnKxP (hat tip to @econwriter5)
RT @BentleyGTCSpeed: These days, you have to innovate just to hold your ground.
Want to take a closer look: “Six Apart releases tiny blog tool, TypePad Micro” (by Rafe Needleman) – http://bit.ly/3GFqlj
Rick Klau (@rklau) on U.S. Caselaw in Google Scholar – http://bit.ly/1ikFG9 – simple citizen access to law
Patrick Lamb: Designating Someone To Argue “Con” – http://bit.ly/gsMYz – “So, how would you know?”
RT @econwriter5: RT @HowellMarketing: FBI says hackers targeting law firms, PR firms, RT @MikeLizun, @jenhale http://newsok.com/twf/107162
RT @tkmreport: Steve Rubel: “The Next Big Trend: It’s All About Curation” – http://bit.ly/27LyyK)
Joe Altonji: “What do we really know about how our kids will buy legal services?” – http://bit.ly/3o56nr
Donna Papacosta: “Reasons to keep LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter updates separate” – http://bit.ly/9rbTz – bonus: great use of “flummoxed”
RT @econwriter5: Yes. Really. A central dashboard to manage the various communities & apps I use every day. Life would be so much easier.
Nicholas Carr: “Does My Tweet Look Fat?” – http://bit.ly/2PfALD – language compresses as communication velocity increases
Finding “The Complete Guide to Google Wave” (Trapani/Pash free ebook) to be very helpful – http://completewaveguide.com/

Check out the latest The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast on the Legal Talk Network. – “Making a List and Sharing it Too.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Making a List and Sharing It Too – New Podcast

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Making a List and Sharing It Too” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Bill4Time.
Here’s the episode description:

We’re at the time of year where everyone likes to make and share lists. Some new types of Internet tools let lawyers share useful lists of information in easier and more powerful ways. In this new episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss why Twitter Lists, bookmark lists, OPML lists and other sharable lists should be making their way onto your list soon

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We discuss the recent development of Twitter Lists and expand the discussion to the growing number of ways that lawyers can use lists that can be shared over the Internet. We take a historical approach, with an emphasis of the role Dave Winer has played in these types of lists (and my approach to the Internet) and our own personal histories with lists. You’ll hear a taxonomy of lists, practical tips, our own experiences, a discussion of OPML and RSS feed lists, and our assessment of where these tools are going.
The fact is that most lawyers make and use lists. Lists can become much more powerful when they are shared.
In our audience questions segment (we always welcome your questions for any podcast), we talk about our underwhelming results so far with our Google Wave experiment and we answer an audience question about where we think Twitter Lists will go after the novelty wears off.
Just a note about the experiment we want to try with a public “wave” for the show we’ve opened up in Google Wave. If interested in joining the wave, you can either ask us to add you or, assuming you are already a Wave user, search for it in Wave using “with: public” “Kennedy-Mighell Report”. Among other things, we’ll use it as a way to gather questions for our audience Q&A segments and also use it as an experiment in how Google Wave might be used.
We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. I recommend going back to the basics and simply saving, on a systematic basis,web pages you find valuable as PDF files. Tom mentions a few lists he likes: Remember the Milk and the Amazon Universal Wishlist, and the new Twitter /Linkedin Conector .
Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are at here.
And try some of the back episodes as well.
THE PODCAST IS NOW ON TWITTER. You can now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Recent Microblog Posts – November 10, 2009

Just noticed that I passed the 1,500 post mark on this blog.
And I wanted to mention that The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast has talked Tom and me into letting it have it’s own Twitter account – @tkmreport. The podcast had been complaining (a lot) lately about how it was “totally unfair” that our book had its own Twitter account (@collabtools), while it did not have one yet. The situation is now rectified.
But, I know, that’s not the reason you’re here. You’re here because you want to get the latest collection of posts from DennisKennedy.Microblog, which is a supplement to this blog that can be found on Twitter at @dkennedyblog. I invite you to become a follower. An explanation of the microblog can be found here.
Here are recent posts from the microblog:

Finding “The Complete Guide to Google Wave” (Trapani/Pash free ebook) to be very helpful – http://completewaveguide.com/
Bruce MacEwen follows-up with “The Great “Laterals” Conversation, Chapter 2″ – http://bit.ly/1aryLI
Ethan Zuckerman on why we fall for fast news – http://bit.ly/cBmMN
Getting started with GTD – short primer podcast from David Allen – http://bit.ly/1UV94q
Jane Genova points to NLJ report indicating that top 250 law firms reduced by 4% of lawyers in 2009 – http://bit.ly/2VLfEb
Am Law Tech Survey 2009 – http://bit.ly/3RfghJ
Chris Atherton: “When giving presentations, the only rule that matters is the rule of attention” – http://bit.ly/sKTfT
Bruce MacEwen makes some very important points for those in law firms in his “What Makes Laterals Run?” – http://bit.ly/j491D
Name change for ground-breaking Legal Underground blog – now Evan Schaeffer’s Underground -http://bit.ly/2UfuRt
When will I learn? Installed iTunes 9.0.2 update. Syncing problems ensued. iTunes updates are scariest moments in computing.
Jolie O’Dell: It’s About Time: Twitter Aims to Fix Trending Topics – http://bit.ly/20fWVD
Philip Lenssen: “Check What Google Knows About You With Google Dashboard” – http://bit.ly/VCncN – a must-read
New blog post: Is Windows 7 Coming to Lawyers’ Computers? http://bit.ly/25mVJk – our podcast now tweets: @tkmreport
RT @legaltalk Check out the latest Kennedy-Mighell Report . . . http://bit.ly/4b9bub – topic is Windows 7
Rex Hammock on the best thing about blogging – http://bit.ly/1xiU8U
RT @LegalTalk: Legal Talk Network now has a Facebook Fan Page. http://bit.ly/3JL9Gw
Rick Borstein on using Adobe Acrobat to create email portfolios for small EDD productions – http://bit.ly/3HdZwn

Check out the latest The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast on the Legal Talk Network.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Follow my microblog on Twitter – @dkennedyblog; Follow me – @denniskennedy
Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools
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Is Windows 7 Coming to Lawyers’ Computers?

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Is Windows 7 Coming to Your Computer?” (show notes website), and it’s sponsored by Bill4Time.
Here’s the episode description:

The recent release of Windows 7 hopefully ushers in a new era of peace and stability to the world of PC operating systems. But should lawyers rush out to upgrade now? In this new episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss some of the new features in Windows 7, whether upgrading is the right move, and precautions to take before moving to the new operating system.

We discuss the official release of Windows 7, summarize the features, talk about different options and strategies, offer some tips and techniques, and draw a few tentative conclusions. Our focus is how to think about Windows and how to go about making your own decision. While we are very positive about Windows 7, we’re both planning to go to Windows 7 when we buy new computers rather than upgrading our current computers.
In our audience questions segment (we always welcome your questions for any podcast), we talk about the experiment we want to try with a public “wave” for the show we’ve opened up in Google Wave. If interested in joining the wave, you can either ask us to add you or, assuming you are already a Wave user, search for it in Wave using “with: public” “Kennedy-Mighell Report”. Among other things, we’ll use it as a way to gather questions for our audience Q&A segments and also use it as an experiment in how Google Wave might be used.
We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. I highlight a site called Spreeder, which offers a fascinating way to crank up your reading speed. Tom points to the newly-opened Best of ABA TECHSHOW archives.
Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes are here.
And try some of the back episodes as well.
THE PODCAST IS NOW ON TWITTER. You can now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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