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Tweetup and be social


Cite as: April 2012 86 (04) LIJ, p.14

Lawyers gathering in bars may be nothing new but a regular meet-and-greet being held in Melbourne has a novel modern twist.

It’s a Tweetup – a gathering organised through Twitter – that aims to get people who know each other through the micro-blogging website to meet face-to-face and in the process make social media more, well, social.

Legal practitioners, law students, journalists, policy workers and academics are all invited to the informal get-togethers that have the Twitter hashtag #Melblawdrinks.

The social events were the idea of Herbert Geer senior associate Leanne O' Donnell (@MsLods) and Castan Centre for Human Rights Law deputy director and senior lecturer at Monash Law School Melissa Castan (@MsCastan).

Ms O’Donnell, a prolific tweeter who sends about 20 posts each day, said the meetings were an informal way for people who shared an interest in law to meet in the real world as well as cyberspace.

Ms O’Donnell began using Twitter two years ago after a case she was involved in, Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft v iiNet, became the first in Australia to be allowed to be live tweeted.

She said while she initially believed Twitter to be mostly filled with inane and glib comments, she had discovered it to be a useful tool to share information with people with an interest in a specialist area of law.

The first Tweetup was held at Madame Brussels in December and the second on 23 February at Bar Ampere, each time attracting up to 15 people.

Ms O’Donnell said the aim was to hold a gathering every month to six weeks at a different venue.

At the time of writing, the third Tweetup was scheduled for late March. Keep tuned to Twitter for details of forthcoming events.

Twitter users can also follow the LIJ (@theLIJ) and LIV president Michael Holcroft (@LIVPresident).


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