A Google Alert Success

May 6, 2007 at 8:54 pm 7 comments

A while ago, under Clint’s suggestion, I signed up for Google alerts for my name, my husband’s name and then just “TGAW”.  Since then, the alerts I’ve received haven’t exactly been ground breaking.  I was well aware that my husband is a fan of Talib Kweli and De La Soul.  I was not surprised by my own LinkedIn profile and the items I’ve put on my own blog or website were still old news to me. 

But this week, I got my first interesting alert.  One of my photographs from my walk on the Virginia Tech campus was used in the April 25, 2007 issue of The Saint, a school newspaper for Aquinas College in Michigan.  The editor-in-chief had contacted me a couple of weeks ago on Flickr asking for permission (which I gave), but the whole thing had slipped my mind, probably somewhere between Kansas and Atlanta. 

But…thanks to Google Alert, I was made aware there was a new reference to me on the web.  Quite spiffy. 

P.S. Other Google tools I would recommend would include:

  1. Google Reader – My RSS-subscription reader of choice
  2. Google Analytics – A comprehensive and FREE web statistics tool– complete with on-the-fly graphing and reporting capabilities.

Entry filed under: Google Alert, Virginia Tech.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  May 7, 2007 at 8:27 am

    It’s only a matter of time.

    Google Alerts is the only way we knew my Grandma’s church prayed for Carolyn during her surgery.

    Cause we don’t discuss religion. I never would have heard otherwise.

  • 2. tgaw  |  May 7, 2007 at 8:35 am

    That was sweet.

  • 3. passionphish  |  May 8, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the tips!!! I just signed up for both myself!!!! Tell ya how it goes….

  • 4. Clint  |  May 8, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    (He should be thanking ME!)


  • 5. Katie  |  May 9, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    I’m a huge fan of google reader – everything I want, and nothing I don’t.

  • 6. Clint  |  January 9, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Anymore interesting alerts?

  • […] church prayed for Carolyn during her sinus surgery. Vicky followed my suggestion and blogged about her results as well. Step 1: Go to Google Alerts HERE. Step 2: Enter “YourFirstName YourLastName” […]


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