I initially wrote about attempting to subpoena social media services way back in 2011. Then I updated my guide in 2015.  That one got lots of attention and has been used by everyone under the sun.

I’ve been fiddling around with updating it again for the past year but have been delayed for one reason or another. But I’m finally “done” with it. Or as done as one can be with an area of law that is constantly evolving. The first half is an intro/primer on social media, how people use it, and some of the common services. The latter half gets into the legal aspects of trying to get at all this stuff.

The 2015 guide was around 1200 words. This one tops out at around 10,000. That is to say, it has been expanded somewhat.


  1. How People Use Social Media
  2. Demographics of Social Media Use
  3. Facebook
  4. Linkedin
  5. Pinterest
  6. Instagram
  7. Twitter
  8. Messaging Services
  9. Multi-Media Services
  10. Discussion Services
  11. Anonymous Services
  12. Blogs
  13. Stored Communications Act (SCA) § 2701
  14. Electronic Communication Service v. Remote Computing Service
  15. Subpoenas
  16. Party Discovery
  17. Authentication
  18. Litigation Preparation & Best Practices
  19. Sample Interrogatories and RFPs
  20. How To Subpoena Amazon
  21. Online Resources

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Social Media Discovery 2017 Update

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