Google Alerts are emails generated by Google when it finds new results. Alerts have mentioned on Slaw including an interesting article by Omar which offered an alternative service that uses a desktop or mobile device download – Mention.
Despite reports of concern about the continuing functionality of Google Alerts, I have continued to use the service for select monitoring with success. Google Alerts continues to be generally reliable and it was recently used by a team member and I to watch for notice of a newspaper article. There is an interesting story about our watches that may be relevant to those still hanging on to their Google Alerts.
My alert was set up with “all results” as the volume, “as-it-happens” as the frequency and was a search in the “News”.
My colleague’s alert was set up with “best results” as the volume, “as-it-happens” as the frequency and was a general search rather than being a search in Google News.
My email came through at 11:10 PM last night, my colleague’s was received just before 4 AM this morning. Both results were timely and successfully delivered the relevant, identical article.
Where am I going with this? To one conclusion – Google Alerts is still a functioning, no fee service that can be used to monitor the web – at least for now.
So, who else is still using it?