Counsel to Counsel, Sept. 2008 at 18, has some findings on online professional networks. Based on a survey of 673 lawyers — including 449 corporate counsel — almost 50 percent are members of online networks and more than 40 percent are interested in joining a network designed specifically for attorneys. The corporate counsel are members of online social networks like LinkedIn, mySpace, and Facebook. Another finding is that conferences do not allow attendees to meet everyone they would like to, whereas online networks allow them to search and reach out to everyone who belongs (See my post of Sept. 21, 2008: online professional networks, with 7 references.).
The survey was carried out by a consultancy that creates professional networks, Leader Networks, and the sponsor, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, is creating its own for lawyers. To reduce the evident risk of biased conclusions, this was a blind study, meaning the respondents did not know the sponsor’s name, and anyone can download the survey.