The power of RSS is in its convenience. With the proper software, you can use RSS to aggregate in a single location all of the Web news and information services you rely on. Get headlines from numerous news Web sites, postings from your favorite blogs, and updates from the federal government, all without having to surf from site to site.

This column is not an essay on RSS. For that, go to Wikipedia, where you can read about RSS in greater detail and find links to desktop software and online services that can read RSS feeds. But a number of recently launched RSS feeds demonstrate the variety of ways in which this is becoming a powerful tool for legal professionals.