Ok, so it’s not really a nerd alert, but I like the way that everyone reacts to this phrasing. You can’t honestly tell me you didn’t say “Nerd Alert” without some form of robotic voice.
To the point of this post: Alerts. For those of us who like to stay active on the internet and within various social networks, it’s important to know what is being said about you, especially if you’re a recognized public figure. The best and perhaps easiest way I’ve found to do this is to set up Google alerts. It’s 2010, so everyone should have a gmail account by now. If you don’t, go there now and set something up. It’s a great passport to wide range of amazing tools.
One you have your Google account, got to this URL: http://www.google.com/alerts. Do a search for your name, your Twitter ID, etc. You can preview the results and see what you get. This may prove difficult for people who share their name with many others, but you can probably narrow it down. You can now sort by type (everything, news, blogs, videos, discussions), how often you want to receive updates, how many results to receive, and where to send the information.
That’s it. Pretty simple. It’s good to know where your information (shared or not) is popping up around the net. While you’re at it, set one up for your organization as well. You might impress the boss with this one if they’re not doing it already. You’re welcome.
As always, thanks for reading.