DRI Women in the Law (WITL) has reached new levels of social media activity. We are on Twitter! If you have a Twitter account, you may follow @DRIWomeninLaw and join the conversation. If you do not have a Twitter account, this is the perfect opportunity and reason to join.
You might be asking, “What is Twitter and why do I need it?”
Twitter is a social media application that allows you to send and receive short messages (140 characters) called “tweets.” You can engage with people that you know or people that you would like to know. You engage by “following” the person, which allows you to receive and read his/her Tweets. I, for example, follow some DRI favorites, like Mary Massaron Ross (@MMassaronRoss), Mike Weston (@DRIPresident) and John E. Cuttino (@SCLitigator). I even follow and connect with speakers from our WITL Seminars. Remember Verna Myers (@VernaMyers) or Arin N. Reeves (@arinnreeves), both incredible speakers who joined us at past seminars? I follow both, which enables me to stay abreast of their latest projects.
You can also engage with people who share your interests through hashtags. The hashtag (#) feature allows users to thread similar Tweets into a searchable string. For example, I might tweet, “Kicking off day one of the WITL Seminar! First speaker is former McDonald’s President Jan Fields!! #DRIWITL.” The “#DRIWITL” will link my tweet to everyone else who also includes “#DRIWITL” in her Tweet, so when a user searches “DRIWITL,” all of our Tweets return in the search results.
I would be remiss if I did not encourage you to join so you can follow DRI (@DRICommunity). In the past week alone, the DRI Twitter account has tweeted about upcoming seminars, speakers, webcasts, membership benefits, blogs, scholarships, and more! By not having a Twitter account, you are missing out on some great information and an opportunity to join the conversation with DRI’s 900+ followers!
Now is the time to join Twitter and join the conversation. If you do, let us know by including @DRIWomeninLaw in your first tweet!
Lydia S. Hu – Tydings & Rosenberg, Baltimore, Maryland