Google Alerts are emails automatically sent to you when there are new Google results for your search terms. There are currently three types of alerts: ‘News,’ ‘Web,’ and ‘News & Web.’ However, most people that use Google Alerts, use it for ‘News’ alerts. A ‘News’ alert is an email that lets you know if new articles make it into the top ten results of your Google News search. Although not as good as a full fledge RSS reader, it can be used as an alternative where you can keep track of the news you want to see. For example, you can put a Google Alert for ‘RIMM’ and you will automatically get sent news articles for any articles that mention RIMM.
To get started simply visit the Google Alerts home page, enter your search, the type of results you’d like (News, Web, or News & Web), how often you’d like us to check for results, and your email address. If you want to keep up with the news you should probably select ‘As It Happens’, however don’t be surprised if you’re bombarded by emails.
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