Did you know that you can automate your Google searches? If you perform regular searches, always looking for new information that appears online, Google has a solution to manually typing in those searches over and over again.
In fact, Google will perform a search for you every day or every week and even send any newly-found results to you as email messages. If you forget, Google still remembers and sends an email message with the results, if any. Even better, Google only sends each new piece of information one time. You never see repeats. Each new email message contains only new results that Google has found since the last email message was sent.
Google Alerts are great for many purposes, including:
- monitoring a developing news story
- keeping current on a competitor or industry
- keeping current on a company in which you have made an investment
- getting the latest updates on a celebrity or event
- keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
- searching for ancestral information
- and probably a few thousand other uses.
To create an alert:
First, go to Google Alerts.
In the box at the top, enter the topic you want to follow
To change your settings, click show options (next to "Create Alert" button)
You can change:
- How often you get notifications
- The types of sites you’ll see
- Your language
- The part of the world you want info from
- How many results you want to see
- What accounts get the alert (i.e., you email address)
Click Create Alert and you will get an email whenever Google finds matching search results.
Edit an alert
Next to an alert, click Edit .
If you don’t see any options, click Show options.
Make your changes.
Click Update Alert.
To change how you get alerts, click Settings check the options you want and click Save.
Delete an alert
Next to the alert you want to remove, click Delete .
Optional: You can also delete an alert by clicking Unsubscribe at the bottom of an alert email.