Using Google Alerts to keep up-to-date with Stargardt’s Disease information

16 Nov

Hi,

In addition to my blog about Stargardt’s Groups and Pages on Facebook, I would like to share another easy and useful way of keeping up to date with all of the Stargardts related content on the internet as it is posted; either on Blogs, Websites, News, Press Releases, Videos etc.  The answer? – Google Alerts.

Google Alerts are updates that are sent automatically by Google to your Email Inbox.  They’re really easy to use, simply enter the topic you wish to monitor (in this case Stargardt’s Disease), and Google will do all the searching for you and email you when it find something new!

How To Find It

To access it – visit the Google Alerts website at www.Google.com/Alerts

How To Set Up Your Alerts

On the Google Alerts website you are presented with a few options on what you want to search for:

In the search box, next to the Google Alerts logo, enter you search criteria.  You may wish to set up Multiple Google Alerts to take advantage of the different terms people use in their content, and so Google will send you alerts on everything.  Here are a few suggestions on what to set up (you will have to set up each Alert individually)

  • Stargardts Disease
  • Macular Degeneration

Now to set what you search for and how often you get Alerted.

  • TYPE: – I suggest leaving it to the default option of ‘Everything’ – this means Google will send your Alerts for any Stargardts related information, if you only want a specific media type then chose what you want.
  • HOW OFTEN: – Basically, how often do you want to receive emails? in real-time ‘As it happen’s’ or you can get a summary email either once a day or once a week. 
  • VOLUME:- Do you want what Google considers to be good content, or ALL content? – I suggest ‘All’
  • YOUR EMAIL: – Simply enter your email address to receive the emails

You will then be taken to a new page where it confirms you have created a new Alert, and you will also receive an email from Google Alerts asking you to verify that the email address provided does actually want to receive Google Alert emails, in that email Google sent you, click on the ‘Verify this Google Alert’ link and you are up and running! this can be seen in the picture below where the red box highlights the ‘Verify’ link:

Finding Your Google Alert Emails

To find your Google Alert emails fast and easy, it may be worth setting up a sub-folder within your email Inbox (probably best calling it: GOOGLE ALERTS), and set up a rule to automatically re-direct all Google emails into this new sub-folder.  As we know the email address Google emails you from, you can set up a rule by specifying that any email from googlealerts-noreply@google.com go straight into your new sub-folder

I hope this helps you keep up to date with all Stragardt’s related information from all over the Internet…  let me know what you think! and if you are struggling setting up your Google Alerts, let me know via the comments section below and I am happy to help!

Thanks

Gaz

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