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Friday, August 14, 2009

Do you use Google Alerts?

Have you heard of Google Alerts? It could save you lots of time searching for relevant topics.

I have been using Google Alerts for some time now. There are certain topics that I like to keep track of, and without having to constantly search for it on Google, I let Google Alerts inform me when a new article/blog post has appeared on the web that uses the term or phrase that I want to be kept informed about.

As an example, let's say you would like to be kept informed about a certain political party (I keep and eye on two political parties: the African Christian Democratic Party and the Christian Democratic Alliance). Whenever something about that party is said on the internet, and Google has found those articles and indexed them in its search system, it will email you with a link to the article, and the first few sentences in that article. I use the phrase "African Christian Democratic Party" and "ACDP" to maintain my alerts about the
African Christian Democratic Party.

Of course, if you are an entertainment junkie and still think that movie actors and singers are stars and heroes (shame on you!), you can ask Google Alerts to inform you when something new has been written about those fallen stars.

You can set your alerts up in different ways to keep track of the same thing as I showed in my example about political parties above. For instance, if you would like to be kept informed about that ultra-leftist, liberal communist, Barack Obama, you can set up alerts on the following: "Barack," "Obama," "Barack Obama," "The One" (dripping with sarcasm here), "Barry Soetoro," "ObamaCare" and many more. In this way you will be able to keep tabs on the man who has never had a real job apart from his political mis-carriageeer. He also taught some un-constitutional law on the side.

So, make life easy on yourself, and start using Google Alerts!

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