Google Alerts

Published on: January 29, 2013

Filled Under: Resources, Thought of the Week

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I recently learned about Google Alerts. Maybe you already use it but if you don’t, this post may interest you. “Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.” (-Google Alerts webpage) It’s a simple way for you to monitor the web about the topics you care about. You can request info on almost any topic.

Some handy uses of Google Alerts include: (as stated on Google Alerts webpage)

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams

You choose what type of search to include (news, blogs, video, or everything) for each query. You also select if you want the results sent to you daily or weekly, sent via email or text. I originally requested to be notified daily but actually prefer weekly.

A couple examples of my queries are “early childhood education,” “child life,” and “early childhood research.” I currently have approximately eight queries running weekly. In my opinion, this is a great way to stay current on the topics that are meaningful to you! What topics are you interested in? Try Google Alerts today.

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