Being alert about what you write

15 Feb

As a young child, one is taught to be aware of your surroundings.

As one grows up, learns to read and write and decides to become a writer, one is taught to become an expert on what you are writing about.

This was a bit simpler when correspondences took weeks to happen. Now communication happens in nanoseconds, all thanks to modern technology. It can be hard to keep up on a subject’s every move and every quote unless you become a part of their entourage. And goodness knows, it’s not as simple as just asking to join it.

Luckily, Google has lent reporters a helping hand with Google Alerts. This nifty tool allows one to be notified whenever key words appear on the Internet. It’s pretty simple to use – just enter your search terms as if you were using Google. Even better, you can have e-mails happen instantaneously or just once a week, and you can choose if you only want to know about multimedia occurrences or blogs who cover your subject.

With its simplicity, Google Alerts can be used for a variety of reasons, from professional needs to keeping tabs on one’s own presence on the web.

Both employed and freelance writers have realized the advantage of using Google Alerts. Freelance writers can monitor their success, as well as keep clients happy with their work. Writers assigned to a beat can monitor their subjects in a simple, easy-to-use format, and might even find an unusual story from an alert.

With its simplicity and efficiency, Google Alerts makes information on specific topics easy to acquire for any level of writer, be they a community editor, a journalism student or a travel blogger. Pretty soon, it will become a required gadget in a successful reporter’s toolkit.

 

 

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