More uses for feeds

The Home Office Lawyer blog has a post about the use of feeds in law firms. This isn’t a new idea and I have mentioned the benefits of feeds before. The reason why I am mentioning this again is because the Home Office Lawyer post mentioned feeds for judgments. I recently discovered that the Constitutional Court publishes a feed of new judgments and while it is necessary to register first on the site (I don’t understand why this would be necessary), you can subscribe for these updates. It makes a lot of sense for all Courts to publish decisions using feeds although this could have a significant impact on companies like Juta & Co. and LexisNexis that regularly publish case reports (although their value add is that they add editorials to the raw cases).

It makes a lot of sense to publish feeds for any flow of information going out to a readership or to the public. Of course to do this a publisher would, preferably, need to make use of some form of content management system to automatically publish those feeds and perhaps even allow for topic specific feeds so subscribers can choose which feeds they want to subscribe to rather than simply subscribing to all or nothing.

Publication of feeds is really part of a larger movement towards greater interactivity with clients and visitors to a site using tools like feeds, comments and trackbacks. This is not merely a fad but a trend that will continue and evolve and firms that don’t update their public sites to take advantage of these simple technologies will eventually be regarded in the same light as firms that don’t have websites at all.

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