I was recently reading through the Huffington Post complete guide to Blogging when they wrote a brief blurb about a way to track what people are saying about you on the internet. This handy tool they talked about was called Google Alerts.
Google Alerts is very quick and easy to setup, although it does required a Google account, but then again who in the world does not have some kind of Google account already. If you’re like me you have about 15 of Google’s applications at your finger tips.
The process of setting up a Google Alerts tracker is simple, enter the term or your name into a box, and choose what you want them to track for that keyword such as News, Blogs or even videos. Once you select the “Everything” option like I did then you can choose how often you want to receive the updates such as daily, weekly or right as it happens. Since I am just breaking into the blogosphere I wanted to know who was talking about me as-it-happens. While I like to think of myself as a celebrity on the internet simply because I have been using the internet since well, Al Gore invented it – ha ha, I chose for them to deliver these updates directly to my Gmail inbox.
After I had setup this alert it didn’t take by five minutes before I got an email from Google Alerts saying, hey people are retweeting your recent post about the website fold. To my amazement I was blown away at how quickly Google got my requested information into my hands from something that happened no less than 20 minutes earlier. It was such a great experience that I decided to write a post about it and share it with my fans, all two of you.
So be bold and stalk yourself using Google Alerts, and go ahead tell me what you find out there.