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A Pope’s Website

“Saturday Night Live” used to have a repeated skit called, “Find the Popes in the pizza contest” that was performed by the fictional Father Guido Sarducci. When I read this lawyer’s prediction in the Chicago Tribune, I figured that this man had truly found a needle in a haystack.

About three years ago, Chris Connors purchased the domain name “”. He said that he had hoped that a Pope in his lifetime would choose the name Francis, after Italian St. Francis of Assisi. Because newly elected Popes change their name, Connors was hoping for Francis because, “Nobody names their kids Innocent anymore and I thought that it’d be great if a pope chose Francis after the great Saint”. Then it happened.

Now, Connor has contacted officials near his Chicago Archdiocese to let them know that he is willing to give it to this Pope. Connor claims that he has been contacted by several people about purchasing the domain, now that it is relevant. Instead, he plans on giving it “In the spirit of St. Francis”. He told the reporter that when he tried calling to tell of his proposed gift, “he left a message. I told them that if Pope Francis wants it, he’s got it. Especially in this age with social media, it might be helpful for him if he’s going to use it. I’d like to see it used.”

This is a story of the Internet meeting the international religious stage. It is quite a prediction by Connor to purchase that domain. No word yet on who he thinks will win the NCAA championship during this March Madness.

I’m not sure how he saw that. Just like pic o’ day. I’m not sure how anyone saw this coming: (No, this is not an advertisement for underage dog drinking)

dog on stool

Internet Anonymity

      State Senator, Ira I. Silverstein, introduced Illinois Senate Bill 1614 which attempted to create the Internet Posting Removal Act. It’s intent was to reduce cyberbullying with a law that restricted anonymous web posting.

      As  Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn noted, the bill would have required website administrators to remove anonymous comments, upon request, unless the anonymous poster agreed to attach his/her name to the post and confirms that his/her IP address, legal name and home address are accurate. The operative requirement is giving that personal information if requested.

     The legislator introduced the bill because, “I do a lot of reading, a lot of research and I came across the idea that had been suggested that kids can be very mean on the Internet, and I thought this might be a way of controlling that”.

     After introducing the bill, Silverstein withdrew it because he said that he took much heat over the idea.

     Social media has made it easier to bully someone anonymously. This bill raises the question of whether posting an anonymous message should be a form of protected freedom, or whether that only extends to speech and not the hiding. I would think that web administrators would really want no responsibility in requiring and maintaining such information, or having to respond to such requests.

     I would be surprised to see any legislation like this to get enacted on the state or federal level.  Still, the days of “Say that to my face” are gone. People aren’t even saying it behind backs anymore.

     Pic o’ day is like the Internet, some things are just hard to explain:

bear on bike


The Herman Cain Ad Lesson

Legal advertising is usually regulated by a State Bar or someone connected to a disciplinary system that might include a Court system. I don’t consider my twitter, facebook or blog as an advertising method, but believe that it might remind some, that I’m out here and I’m doing it…. whatever “it” might be.

Through all that, I have learned the importance of the general umbrella that is known as “social media”. Many lawyers are still coming to grips with the need and benefit of a firm website. Those that have incorporated social media have probably seen more visitors to their website than the “website-only” Firms.

I rambled through those paragraphs because I wanted to apply Herman Cain’s recent Internet video. Please click and watch it. Maybe a few hundred of my blog readers will click and help this video to set viral video records or at least compete with the dog “Denver”.

Now, if you clicked, you’ve seen Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, become an overnight viewing sensation with his ‘smoking man”. It’s better than the Cain video where he was singing, “Imagine there’s no Pizza”; pretending to be John Lennon.

On Friday, Block told CNN that the video was responsible for raising 3 million dollars. All from a man singing while ending with 8 seconds of Cain with a Cheshire Cat grin which I call “The Dexter”, because it looks to me as more serial killer than  possible leader of the free world. (note to self, that’s probably a little to harsh)

I am blogging about this because I am fascinated by this marketing. I don’t think that a State Bar would be pleased with this type of advertising but there probably is more regulation on lawyer advertising versus a Presidential campaign.

Maybe the campaign manager is shrewd by diverting attention away from the Cain sexual harassment reporting or maybe this is really the new successful social media marketing. I would like to know your thoughts, since I took this blog in a bit of a political direction.

Legal News, Fast & Furious

It’s great that football season is back. Right now, I do some work and check my Twitter account for the reporters that are covering the Colts training camp.

     I’m sure that there will be nothing magical but I am even getting text messages on my phone, that let me know who the Colts just signed. When Peyton Manning signed his new contract on Saturday, the Colts owner even tweeted the information.

     Social media and legal news has changed information to clients. Now, If you “friend” our Facebook or follow my twitter tweets, you get quick information on recalls; some quickie case discussion, and why the sky is falling.

     What I like is the reactions to posts. On blogs, sometimes I get a bit long winded. On twitter, I have 140 letters to get the message out. It’s probably good discipline. Then, it’s fun to see the replies. Keeps me on my toes. And, you’re missing that, if you aren’t on the twitter feed. I know, I fought it for a while too.

     I would miss the newspaper, if I didn’t get to read it at breakfast; In the same genre, though, I really don’t count on watching the 6:30 PM news, to get my news.

      I just wonder what’s next in the instant legal information age. I’m counting on our Joel Bieber Youtube channel to provide “stuff” and hopefully get your attention. I just have to make it more interesting, so it’s not used for sleep aid. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store. Will the blog become like the 6:30 news?

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