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Mambo [PersonRank 10]

Friday, October 27, 2006
16 years ago3,882 views

Cool, that should be useful. I think they'll eventually integrate this with Google Reader, as it is a very, very similar subject.

I think, once Reader is out of Labs, you'll be able to create your own feeds dynamically... so it displays new items periodically, based on a query, not a specific feed file.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

But you can already do this in Blog Search or Technorati.

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Surely Google would want to cut-out the Technorati middle man though?

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Squeet is another service that offers this feature (email blog alerts). You can specify time (live, hourly daily, etc), html, text, etc.
It's free.

Another service that continues to improve is ZapTxt. RSS to email, SMS and soon IM.

Of course, you can also receive RSS/Feed alerts as part of the Yahoo Alert program. Alerts can be delivered via email, SMS, or IM.

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Until now Google Alerts was very annoying. I hope it got better by now. I subscribed to a alert. It came in HTML only email (I just see the HTML as an attachment for security reasons) and in it the German character set (Umlauts like ÄÖÜß) was broken. In the end I was unable to opt out, I couldn't find the opt out option...

Besides, the alerts were very stupid. If the word did fit I got the alert even if it just was homonymous (like apple and Apple).

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Can't you add another word, something like [apple ipod | apple jobs | apple computer | apple mac | apple keynote | apple macintosh | apple itunes]?
This way, you don't need to wait for Google to develop extra smart technology that understands which apple you're talking about (though in this case, I wonder how far a case-sensitive search feature would take you).

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