The following is a social media “authentic engagement” lesson courtesy of Nicole “Niki” Black.
For those who don’t know who Ms. Black is, here is a snapshot of her bio:
I don’t know if Ms. Black recalls, but we met once for lunch when she was in Toronto attending another one of the umpteen legal tech conferences she and her fellow “legal techies” so much enjoy blogging and tweeting about.
Mind you, Ms. Black is a published legal writer (see Scott Greenfield’s book review here) and she is, as someone on Twitter noted “a respected member of the New York bar”.
Ms. Black also enjoys tweeting about food and particularly wine.
She also recently tweeted about the “What’s Behind the Myth of the Cranky Woman Lawyer? “
Sadly, Ms. Black recently chose to “block” me on Twitter, the equivalent of social ostracism among those whose self-identity is so inextricably tied to social validation and their latest Klout and Twitter follower stats.
Then again, I’m not surprised as she has blocked me before, and then unblocked me, and then unfollowed me, and then…well, you get the picture.
It seems that the following tweet did not go over too well and struck a nerve:
Here is Ms. Black’s witty riposte:
@AntoninPribetic go crawl back into your hole antonin. You always show up after 8 pm or so raring to go. Why is that I wonder?
Admittedly, I was trying to juxtapose the irony of a retweet about court e-filing by two social media law types: one who only practiced law for 9 months and the other who used to practice but now is “of counsel” and spends most of her time writing.
The “Cranky Woman Lawyer” then decided to push the envelope way too far:
nikiblack Nicole Black@AntoninPribetic you lose that social filter and get particularly nasty in the evening. I wonder why that is? Very strange it is…
nikiblack Nicole Black@onebigrhino well that is the cardinal rule you know…don’t drink and tweet;)
Now, Ms. Black should know better than to insinuate that I have a drinking problem or an alcohol addiction. I hesitate to rebroadcast or republish her libel, but my purpose here is to educate not litigate. This, notwithstanding that she has impugned both my professional and personal reputation.
I haven’t decided if I will pursue this matter. However, if Ms. Black issues a public apology and retracts the foregoing statements, I will consider the matter closed.