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Google Alerts: A good way to monitor one's name online

There is a tool on Google that is not as well known as it should be called Google Alerts. When you set up an alert, what you are doing is telling Google to alert you whenever new content is created online that matches a search term of your choice.

One excellent use of Google Alerts is to create one to monitor your name online. Depending on whether your name is common or not, you may need to enter additional search terms. For example, in a recent online article the writer described how a fake account had been created on Facebook in her name and using one of her pictures. The only reason she found out is because the "fake her" sent her a friend request. Spooky and creepy, I know, but at least useful in that she knows now there is a fake account. The writer has what I find to be a rather uncommon name so a Google Alert to match the last name only should be useful in monitoring the web for new pages matching her last name including new Facebook pages. A last name like "White" would be more problematic and could be narrowed by tailoring the search to match, for example, the first and last name. I added the link to Google Alerts below for more reading on the matter. 

It goes without saying that the tool can be useful in searching other terms like a company or product. Some may even get so ambitious as to try use the alert to find new job postings but that is a whole different can of worms. Bottom line, this is another example of useful tricks from Google and a tool one would be best use together with that other gem known as the 2-step verification.  
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Bob's steakhouse, as described, is exactly what I had in mind. My meeting may get pushed a month or more, which means I'll have that much more time to look forward to enjoying a really great steak and some of that Dallas hospitality you obviously exemplify.

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The Google Art Project, if you have not had the time to check it out, then you must. 
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You're welcome. Yeah, there is an endless sea of information about all sorts of things! Very dangerous if you're trying to get some actual work done :P

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Google Offers:

This seems interesting and I am giving it a try. From what I can tell, you sign up for Google Offers and provide some basic information about what you like and where you hang out. From there, you will get notifications of discounts and other offers.

We'll see...
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I look at this picture and ask my self, “what” is?

Ma, the Japanese word that knows no equivalent in English and expresses such a beautiful concept.

So unexplored yet always present.

I look at this picture and realize, something else is and exists. The trees are not the first thing I see and the main thing that is, is something else that does not exist but for my mind’s perception of it.

It lies in my consciousness of that emptiness in between that makes what is be.

It has been said that the emptiness becomes a focal point. And so it is, here.
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It's that time of the year again. Time to bring the tree down from the attic, dust off the ol' ornaments, and yes, time to put lights on the darn thing. We all love that part. Twenty twelve being a not so good year for me and all, I got lucky at least in some regards.

For starters, my shoulder hurts, that's not the lucky part, so a dear friend "volunteered" to help get the boxes all the way to the first floor. It really counts like cardio so he should thank me. I am lucky because the cat and I watched as he did the work. And yes, I know, cat, Christmas decorations, need a man's help with said decorations ... I am still single, I get it.

Second, I found a better way to handle the whole lights situation. I had suspected for years there was an easier way. Particularly the one time when a whole strand of mini lights went dark and it took hours to find the culprit. This time, even though I did not have to fully execute since my helper-friend did, I am glad I found the article. 

In the spirit of Christmas I will share it. A gift, particularly to all the men out there who do not give a darn about Christmas decorations but suffer silently through it to help their mothers and sisters, wives and lovers, women who hopefully will share more than chores with them, or just partly-injured friends (in the latter case knowing darn well they will get a nice meal for it - if my mother cooks the meal, it still counts).  

One more thing, when buying a tree, remember, the taller it is the more lights it will need... I really really need to remember that. 
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Real good !

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Very interesting. Check it out. 
 
Welcome to the Google Online Courses page! In July, we launched the inaugural Google Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), Power Searching with Google. This page is designed to announce new Google-sponsored online courses as well as to publicize tools for creating online courses. We hope you will learn with us, share your experiences, and experiment with us as we launch new learning experiences and tools.

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Yes, I thought so too! 

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Have a wonder_full day Elena !
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