I am online most of the time, keeping a lot of things within easy reach, as I do want to be informed about many things right away. So if you’re like me, I subscribe to a lot of mailing lists. There are times I have to go to on-line forums just to get a heads-up on info.
Take the case of Apple’s product announcements.
Apple is known for releasing a gorgeous product without warning. I mean people know something is cooking at Apple’s lab but not one can clearly say what’s going on. So all one can do is, you guessed it: fish for the info. Basically because no one wants to get a Macbook when there are rumors that a better version is coming within a few weeks or days.
If that situation happens to you most of the time, then it’s Google Alerts to the rescue.
What is a Google Alerts?
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
- 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
- and of course to keep tabs on Apple’s Macbook product line
Check out this example, let’s add “macbook” as a google alert:
1. Go to http://www.google.com/alerts and fill the form you find like so, and press “create alert”:
That’s all there is to it. That’s just one step and you’re off to easily monitoring what’s to know about Apple’s Macbook.
Now try it on your own, remember you can set-up many alerts. Just remember that Google will alert you about it soon, so don’t flag it as SPAM.