I go out of my way to follow other Lawyers, not only because they tend to be interesting but for marketing reasons.
People worry about following other lawyers on Twitter, worried about giving away tips, ideas etc. I can understand that but I don’t think we need to worry about competing on twitter, for a start there aren’t that many of us from the UK on Twitter.
Following other lawyers can be a great source of work.
Take my ideal client, where is the best place to find them? Where will I get the most referrals from? Where do most people with motoring law problems go? – Other solicitors. Most people I speak to on twitter don’t do motoring law and we can refer clients to each other. Even other motoring lawyers refer clients to each other, unless they are in the same line of work in the same location then they are not competitors but collaborators.
I also learn a lot from other lawyers about how to market, keep up with the law and sometimes bounce ideas around.
I follow all UK Lawyers I can, with one exception, a motoring lawyer in the same location as me who copied everything I did, you probably know who you are and no I didn’t disappear from Twitter I just blocked you.