An Iowa family law attorney admitted late last week that she purchased an iPad earlier in the month but failed to tweet about the purchase or seek input on apps she should use. Glenda R. Scott, an attorney in Mason City, said she “just plum forgot about it” even though she uses Twitter to attract clients and to livetweet law practice marketing conferences. “I’m not sure what I was thinking,” she explained during questioning at a hastily prepared press conference at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse.
One repercussion of the oversight has been hundreds of followers blocking her on Twitter, apparently miffed at the lack of her professional judgment and concerned that it could raise ethical issues for them. Scott admitted her Klout has taken a “big hit” but was optimistic that she could regain some ground by livetweeting the February release of the Verizon iPhone. She says she plans to buy four Verizon iPhones in part to help build back her Klout and her online attorney reputation.
Iowa Bar Association leaders were unfazed by Scott’s mistake, instead making inquiries as to whether anyone has a good social media policy to cover the potential risks of participating in social media.