Google Alerts – harnessing the power of google by Mike O’Sullivan

Google Alerts is one of the internet’s hidden gems! It’s a really powerful tool to keep track of trends, interesting topics, or anything really new that appears on the web.

How Google Alerts work

Google Alerts allow you to harness the power of the worlds biggest search engine. By creating a Google Alert, you can get email notifications any time Google finds new results on a topic that interests you.

For example, you could get updates about a product you like, research, or just about anything really, even find out when people post something about you on the web, or just to keep up with news stories. How?

Go to this link:

https://www.google.com/alerts

Enter details about the subject you want to be kept informed about, enter the email address that you want the alerts sent to – and that’s it! Once you’ve clicked on the confirmation link in the email that you receive within seconds of signing up you will continue to receive alerts until you cancel them. Don’t be worried about experimenting if an alert subject doesn’t produce the information that you were hoping for – you can easily cancel, each email received contains a link that allows you to cancel the alert immediately.

Examples of possible search terms:

  • Shop lifter UK
  • Security officer assault
  • Security guard assault
  • Access control system
  • Drone countermeasures

Literally anything that interests you!

Why pay a fortune for a researcher when you have the world’s most powerful search engine at your fingertips for free?

Another free service worth looking at is Google Scholar:

https://scholar.google.co.uk/

From the site- Features of Google Scholar

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
  • Check who’s citing your publications, create a public author profile

Very useful if studying and need to look up some research. Used in combination both of these Google services, both free, can save you a lot of time and energy on research…

Mike O’Sullivan