Ever wondered if someone is talking about you on the internet? You can do a manual Google search every now and then to see if anything appears... or you can use Google Alerts.
For some reason hardly anyone I know uses Google Alerts, and for no good reason. It is free, it effective, and very useful!
All you have to do is go to http://www.google.com/alerts
, set up a search phrase, and Google will alert you if anything new appears on the internet with that phrase.
There are endless possibilties, but you can start with an alert when your name appears on the internet, or you can be alerted when someone talks about your favorite obscure subject or project.
Here is a nice how-to on Google Alerts: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Google-Alerts
Here is a Life Hacker aticle about how to use Google Alerts as an identity theft whatchdog: http://lifehacker.com/5879922/use-google-alerts-as-an-identity-theft-personal-watchdog
Have fun with those alerts! :-) #google #googletips #googlealerts