Friday, August 26, 2011

WIRTW #190 (the “Network” edition)

I love Twitter. Why, you ask? Because it routines scoops the major news outlets for breaking stories.

Tuesday was a perfect example. I felt my building shake at 1:51 pm. My first reaction was that The Avengers set a few blocks down the street had blown up something big, but the sway was too pronounced and too long to have resulted from a man-made Hollywood explosion. I immediately turned to Twitter, and confirmed what I had thought—it was an earthquake. With the click of mouse and the scroll of bar, I learned in an instant that my colleagues and friends all up and down the east coast had, to varying degrees, felt what I had felt. CNN had the story 10 minutes later, and a few minutes after that. Who needs the news when you have Twitter?

And now for something completely different…

I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that nominations are still open for the ABA Blawg 100 (until Sept. 9), and the LexisNexis Top 25 Labor & Employment Law Blogs (until Sept. 12). Thanks to everyone who’s voted for me so far, or will vote over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week.


Social Media & Workplace Technology

Employee Relations & HR

Labor Relations

Wage & Hour

Until next week:

(Network has aged extremely well. 1976 could easily be 2011. It was eerily prescient.)

Written by Jon Hyman, a partner in the Labor & Employment group of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz. For more information, contact Jon at (216) 736-7226 or