I was one of the founding contributors to JD Supra. I was intrigued by the idea of a collective repository of legal documents. Intrigued enough that I was also a top ten contributor for a while.
One of criticisms was that a mere online repository of documents is not that compelling. Why should I publish to JD Supra? They started showing some value [See my post: JD Supra Revisited about how I was contacted to write a story based on my publications in JD Supra.] Now there are two new reasons.
One is their new connectivity with Facebook. You can “fan” JD Supra on their Facebook page:
Even better, your publications in JD Supra can show up in your Facebook news and profile. JD Supra created a new application that ties your publications to your Facebook profile.
Below you can see the three documents I published last week. They go into my update stream, so my “friends” in Facebook can see my publications.
There is also a “box” on my Facebook profile that accesses all of my documents in JD Supra through Facebook.
Second, JD Supra is tying the publication of documents in JD Supra to some Twitter stream. I noticed my Blogging / Social Internet Policy go into the twitter stream last week.
It looks like JD Supra is using these Twitter handles to re-publish alerts:
I am a huge fan of the connectivity between online communities. It creates much more value by republishing information in different ways so people can access and find the information they need in a way that works for them.
See some other takes on the new feature of JD Supra: