Given some sharp comments after my last post about law professors using Twitter, I decided to see if there's anything the data has to say about it. The comments I've seen are generally of the type that professors merely use twitter for self-promotion that does not promote any scholarly or legal interest. Related comments from earlier census posts were essentially of the type, "Why do you care about tweets when your law school house is burning down?" Without accepting the burning house analogy, I want to provide the evidence I found and discuss how it bears on these criticisms. In a future post, I'll discuss my view of Twitter, as well as a way to obtain more granulated results than I'm presenting here.
(Note: some of the data here is incomplete. Updated data is presented in a later post).