Google Alerts May Be Dead, and You Don’t Even Know It

Oh Google, you love to draw me in only to drop my favorite services. I have come to rely on Google Alterts to deliver relevant, timely content into my inbox on a broad array of subjects. Google Alerts may already be dead, and you don’t even know it. Especially, as I’ve been talking about content curation so much recently, Google Alerts is one of the top entry points into my content funnel. The frequency and depth of my Google Alerts began to wane in December 2012, but in late January I noticed that the lag in reporting was far from “as it happens.” Ego alerts were taking 3-4 days to hit my inbox where they took minutes only months ago. So, when I saw Danny Sullivan’s post Dear Google Alerts: Why Aren’t You Working? I knew that I wasn’t alone: One of Google’s oldest features is Google Alerts, where you can enter keywords…

The High Cost of Free – When Google’s Beta has Bite (Google Reader Edition)

Google’s announcement to put a bullet in Google Reader took the interwebs by storm last week. There are hundreds of posts circulating about why Google did it and all of the alternatives. Image taken from YouTube footage of Tommy Johnson. This isn’t the first time a favorite software has reached its demise. Posterous was a simple blog interface. After Twitter’s acquisition, they tombstoned it. Google Wave & Google Buzz each offered unique albeit flawed solutions to collaboration and communication (building blocks of each appear in Google+). So, why do companies, especially Google, take a popular tool and not only stop supporting it but put a bullet in it altogether? In this Wired article, Farhad Manjoo highlights the inherent danger of relying on cloud solutions that are here today and gone tomorrow: Reader’s death illustrates a terrible downside of cloud software—sometimes your favorite, most indispensable thing just goes away. Yes, software would…

Bring Me the News–When it Happens: Google Alerts

The days of searching through reams of newspaper print for stories that are applicable to our lives are in their twilight.  RSS feeds (aka blogs) and Google Alerts change the way that valuable information is delivered.  In this segment, I would like to specifically deal with Google Alerts and how they can change our information flow.  For several years, I have used Google Alerts to comb the Internet for specific topics, and basically I thought of the alerts as a little geek secret.  However, when I heard a popular talk show host discussing Google Alerts the other day, I realized the pervasiveness and utility of this tool and kicked myself for not sharing. Basically, you can think of Google Alerts like an “always on” Google Search.  Without being technical, as soon as Google becomes aware of a web page that is pertinent to your specific search criteria, you are sent…

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