This Week in Social Media News (11/16/12)

Here is your weekly roundup of the Week in Social Media News–a summary of social media news from around the web. As always, the focus of these stories is social media legal news (as opposed to the tens of thousands of stories on social media in general). Having culled through the hundreds of articles I review each week, here are some of the Social Media Newssocial media discussions I have found to be interesting and (hopefully) applicable:

  • More companies are tracking workers’ tweets, report finds - Although the number of companies that feel favorably about social media is growing, more employers are monitoring employees on sites like Twitter and LinkedIn, according to a new report onsocial media practices in the workplace from the global law …
  • Comments on social media could get you fired - Some employers and colleges across the country have even gone as far as asking their employees or potential students for their social media passwords. California recently passed a law making that practice illegal. As for Fisher, she is raising four …
  • Third state bars access to staff Facebook passwords - California last month became the third state to enact a law that prohibits employers from asking applicants or employees for their passwords to social media sites. Illinois and Maryland had passed similar laws earlier this year. The California bill …
  • Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Lawyers - When it comes to social media, the censor strengths for certain users might be turned down a bit too low. Sure, if you’re a teenager posting pictures of yourself in …

Some very interesting stories this week, particularly the one about law firms lacking a social media strategy and a reiteration of the common dos and don’t for lawyers and social media.

It is always good to stay apprised of recent news surrounding social media, particularly how lawyers, attorneys, and other legal professionals are using social media as well as what they are saying. I hope you find this weekly installment of the previous week’s news related to social media and the law to be helpful, informative, and, in certain cases, entertaining.

My thanks to Google NewsBing News, and other news outlets for helping me find and share these stories.

About Tyson Snow

Tyson B. Snow is a partner at Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard & Moss, LLC, in Salt Lake City. He is considered an expert on social media law, particularly social media law's impact on the workplace and employment. His practice involves all areas of federal court litigation with an emphasis in employment litigation, commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation, including trademark disputes, cybersquatting, copyrights, and other technology related issues. He also frequently litigates in Utah’s state district and appellate courts. Email: tsnow@padrm.com Twitter: @tysonESQ

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