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Alternative to Google Alerts?

I'm still playing catch-up across the web, but one of the items I've run across has been rumors that Google Alerts may soon go the way of Google Reader. Has anyone else heard these rumors? I'm not trying to fan the flames or stir anyone into a panic, but if you are an author who depends on Google Alerts to keep up on your books and author name across the web it's something to keep an eye on.

In that light I'm sharing a link to an article posted by  Carolyn Nicander Mohr on the Wonder of Tech Website regarding an alternative service recently launched called Talkwalker Alerts. Without knowing more about the service I can't say yay or nay, but it appears that you can import your current Google Alerts into this service which is certainly reason enough to take a look. For more info on the service and instructions on how to setup an account and import your Google Alerts you can go ahead and read her article here.

Many thanks to Eliza March  for the tweet that directed me to the article in the first place.

And for those still looking for an alternative to Google Reader - I've heard good things about The Old Reader.



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Apr. 15th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
I've been using The Old Reader for a couple of weeks and I like it. Nice an simple. I tried Feedly, but it just ticked me off. And I hated its Android app.

I haven't used Google Alerts much for a while, but I'll maybe try that Talkwalker thing.

Bloody Google. Just, bloody, bloody Google.
Apr. 15th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. It's interesting hearing what others are using in place of GR. I've been content using my LJ f'list and feeding in blog feeds. It works great when it works. (operative sentence there...) But I know I need to be more motivated and try something else.

Then I remember that I always meant to try out GR and look what happened there. I'm still smarting over Google Docs becoming Google Drive and have not had the patience to take further looks so I share your sentiments.

Pssst...still looking forward to your zombie story.
Apr. 16th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm still stalking my inbox waiting to hear back about the zombies. :D
Apr. 15th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hadn't heard anything about Google Alerts.

Now, I love the Feedly Android app! And I had a lot of saved items, which Feedly imported but the Old Reader wouldn't. Plus Feedly's been listening to the feedback the influx of GR users has provided and updating very regularly. It's already a lot more functional than when I switched a few weeks ago.
Apr. 15th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
The main thing I'd heard about GA has been complaints that the service hasn't been working, and then I read the article. Made me go Hmmmm.

Interesting to see two differing points of view on the GR alternatives. It's all about what suits us, isn't it?

I'm definitely feeling/falling behind in my tech as I'm still app-less. Maybe that will be my excuse to get a tablet and try them out. It's all about staying current....(says the woman who still types most of her stuff on the non-internet hooked-up Windows ME computer).
Apr. 16th, 2013 09:39 am (UTC)
I'm with Becky on the bloody Google issue :(

I'm set up on Feedly and it's working ok for what I need. The one thing that hacked me off, though, was that I had to open a gmail account to use it, now the bloody gmail account overrides my yahoo email every time I comment on a blog *arrgh*.

I'll try Old Reader, too. I really don't need all the bells and whistles of these apps, I just need a nice clean list of my blog-follows *grump grump*

I signed the petition to ask Google to keep Reader, but obviously that didn't work *grump again*

My Google Alerts are pretty sluggish, I've had more luck with Topsy Alerts.

These things are sent to try us.
Apr. 17th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oops, not a satisfied customer. LOL. Dang it.

I'm rather leary of Google and Gmail right off the bat due to the way they seem to want to totally take over my computer. Maybe I'm odd, but I don't necessarily WANT everything all intertwined. Crazy and old-fashioned I know.

BTW, *poke**poke* You need to do a blog post on how you are finding life with your tablet. Apps and the like. Entice me into taking the leap.

Because really, (and I suppose that's what a lot of this comes down to), I'm perfectly happy once I figure out how something works to stay in my little rut with it.
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