Google Reader shut down last night and by now most of you have switched over to a new feed reader service. (I’m using BazQux, not Feedly). But before you finalize the transition there is one more matter to take care of.
You’ll need to update your Google Search Alerts.
Google’s handy-dandy tool for keeping track of new search results is no longer updating the RSS feed notices. This delivery option was disabled some time yesterday, and a notice was added to the Google Alerts page that recommended you switch from receiving updates via RSS to receiving updates via email.
It turns out that the oh-so-helpful RSS feeds were actually provided by Google Reader, not Google Alerts. That means that the latter was unexpectedly hobbled by the demise of the former.
I’m sure many of my readers have already noticed the lack of updates and already switched over, but if you have not switched then you can do so from the Google Alerts page.
While you have that page open, you might want to also open up a tab for Talkwalker Alerts. This service is similar to Google Alerts and it can offer RSS feed delivery. Now would be a good time to switch, I think.
I’ve been getting Google Alert notices by email for the past day, and I think it is a poor second choice to receiving the notices via RSS. It’s slower and I’m not getting as many results. That strikes me as a good reason to switch to an alternative.
If anyone knows of a service similar to Talkwalker Alerts, pleas leave a comment.
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