RSS feeds: create, aggregate, filter, scrape, modify and convert - The short version

Feedmelegal's previous post, RSS for lawyers and clients alike: (Re)searching into the future and then some, was a fairly lengthy survey of a number of RSS tools out there with which you can create your own search feeds, aggregate and filter feeds, scrape feeds, modify feeds and create email subscription offerings from feeds.  The summary of these tools, in the section "Bringing it all together", was part of the attached PDF file and for that reason did not include links to the various tools discussed.  This post reproduces that summary section and provides links to all the services mentioned.

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RSS for lawyers and clients alike: (Re)searching into the future and then some

(What appears below is only part of a 16 page article (because Typepad couldn't handle the whole thing).  The whole article is attached at the end of this post as a PDF file.)

Introduction

There are many ways in which both lawyers and their clients can benefit from blogs and webfeeds (or RSS feeds to use the most popular term). There are even reasons why they positively need to know about them.

Most commonly one reads articles about the benefits of blogs and webfeeds for the marketing of one’s expertise, goods or services, such as The significance of webfeeds for lawyers and Weblogs: A primer for lawyers. One also reads posts about how lawyers can benefit from other people’s existing subject-specific feeds, such as Jerry Lawson’s helpful post entitled Useful RSS Feeds for Federal Lawyers, and about how blogging can help build networks and personal satisfaction. More recently there’s even been interesting talk of The Blog’s New Role in Crisis Management. These are excellent uses of the technology, but they are not the only uses, particularly so far as webfeeds are concerned. The humble webfeed has a great deal more in store, much of which is or may be relevant to lawyers and their clients.

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Another reason for lawyers to know about blogs

Lawyer X gets a call from an excited client who is spitting nails at having discovered that defamatory and/or confidential material has been published on someone’s “blog”. To make matters worse, she says, the blog’s author appears to be using a pseudonym. “What on earth can I do about this?”, the client exclaims. "Help!"

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