Are you sick of us talking about Twitter yet? It seems the possibilities are only just starting to be explored. Lawyers Weekly reporter Luigi Benetton recently interviewed a few of us (including Michael Geist and Darryl Cruz of McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto) for his article “Twitter in the courtroom: a fad, or here to stay?” (June 12, 2009 edition).
Some of the points discussed:
- this area is evolving quickly
- reporters “tweeting” from a trial is akin to reporters taking notes on behalf of the public
- messages on Twitter (or “tweets”) may not adequately characterize the full shape of a trial and the evidence
- tweets may be easily taken out of context
- accuracy of the trial tweets reflect on that reporter’s professional reputation, so there is less likelihood of inaccuracy
- tweeting from a trial promotes openness
- journalists are under pressure to provide updates of the news in real time, and Twitter allows them to do this.
For the full discussion (and context), read the full article.