Steve Matthews has a good post on Lawyers and RSS.
I like how he starts off with the hard bit – explaining it to people! As he says “Doing RSS has always been easier than explaining RSS”. Still he has a go saying “RSS is my newspaper. I can put in whatever information I want to… RSS is my gateway to the world’s information, and I can filter it to give me exactly what I need to read. It is the best solution available for those struggling with Information Overload.”
My own personal favourite way of describing it is to think of it as an inbox to the web, in the same way email is the inbox on most people’s web communications.
Getting Lawyers into RSS is not easy, but if IT departments can be persuaded it need not be too hard. Most lawyers I know just want to get information quickly and with little effort – if you can do that for them (and they can read it on a Blackberry of course) that is part of the effort there.
I have currently created a mini reader with Grazr populated with a set of feeds – legal and otherwise – and put it on an intranet page to test if this (or the format) is something my users are interested in or not.