Hey Survivors, this post is to help you stay informed with google alerts. When you do stay informed with google alerts, you’ll find yourself more knowledgeable and ready to face the problems of the world.
In this video, I’m going to show you how to set up Google Alerts so that you can stay informed about the latest trends in crime from around the globe. Google Alerts will also help you stay up-to-date on the newest preparedness information so that you are not caught by surprise when the worst happens.
What are Google Alerts?
When it comes to studying crime trends, Google provides a great tool called Google Alerts. Google Alerts is a free, and easy to implement method that anyone can use. In a nutshell, a keyword or keywords are entered into Google Alerts, and Google then tracks those keywords. As it does, it will email you with links to information based upon the keywords you choose. It’s not hard to set up Google Alerts.
- Google Email Account: If you don’t have a Google Account, you’ll need to set one up.
- Go to: google.com/alerts
- Choose the keywords: Try to make Google Alerts keywords unique. In other words, avoid using brand names and really common words and phrases. If not, Google Alerts will send out a large number of alerts that make finding what you’re genuinely after difficult. For purposes of this video, I’m going to add the phrase “Organized Crime” to my Google Alerts.
- Pick the frequency of notifications: Each keyword Google Alert can be set to one of three delivery options; “as it happens,” “at most once a day,” “at most once a week.” Whatever choice is made, will determine how fast your email inbox fills up. Personally, I choose once a day. I figure if something major happens, it will be all over the web. So, I’ll know about almost instantaneously. “At most once a day” gives me a great deal of information in one email a day, that usually shows up in the late afternoon, or early evening.
- Select the information source: Google Alerts provides seven different sources of information. While it doesn’t track social media, it does track news, blogs, videos, books, discussions, and discussions. There is also an “Automatic” setting that covers all sources. And, there is the ability to set up a Google Alert RSS Feed, which I’ll include in another video.
- Pick the language. This is where the language of the sources is chosen. If English is chosen, the sources chosen will be from English speaking sources. If German, the information will be from German-speaking sources.
- Choose the region: Select a region that the information source focuses on. If, the goal is to gain global knowledge, consider choosing the “Any Region” setting.
- Select “only the best” or “everything:” The “How many” setting is simple. Choose to receive only quality information, or get everything that is out there. Choosing “only the best” will deliver decent, digestible information. The “everything” setting will deliver a shipping container full of information to wade through.
- Provide the email address to deliver to. This will be your Google email address your logged into Google Alerts with.
- Click Create Alert. Once you click “Create Alert,” you’re all set. Then, the emails and information will begin to flow.
Once you’ve created an alert, you can go back to add other keywords to Google Alerts by going through the same process and finalizing it by clicking on “Update Alert” button.
It’s Simple to Stay Informed with Google Alerts
That’s it. It’s straightforward and a great way to keep your situational awareness and preparedness up-to-date so that you’re ready to take action when the time comes. If you’d like to read more on Google Alerts, go ahead and head on over to Mind4Survival where I have a blog post on this very topic.
Now, when you set up your Google Alerts, let us know what Keywords and key phrases you use, by putting them in the comments below. You never know when your idea may help someone else become better prepared.
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