13 Email Alerts

Exercises

As usual, we're going to see how we can apply today's tool to your project topic. In all of the following, be sure to use + addressing when signing up for the alerts, and then use email filtering to separate these emails from the mass of other incoming email that you get.

In all of the following, you won't be able to judge the effectiveness of these email alerts for days or weeks at a time. Further, you will almost certainly be updating/changing/eliminating/adding email alerts over the rest of the semester as you become more familiar with them. That's okay with me, and you should expect that to occur. You might want to document your history (this semester) of what queries/email alerts you start with and what you end up with — and why you made these changes.

  1. With the Web searches that we defined for email alerts in today's class, search for site-based email alerts for your topic.
  2. Define some more-specific Yahoo alerts for your topic.
    • In our next class, we'll figure out how to make the broad-ranging alerts work for us (instead of overwhelming us).
  3. Use either Google Alerts or GoogleAlert to define some queries that you would like to be repeated, with the results sent to your email inbox.
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