If you want to be in on the latest scoop, news, and info, check out Talkwalker Alerts. This service can notify you when one of your search terms appears on the Internet.
About a year ago I wrote about Google Alerts, but alas, Google has decided their alert service is going the way of the 8-track tape. Kudos to Gini Dietrich of Spin Sucks for finding a worthy replacement for Google Alerts – Talkwalker Alerts. Like Google Alerts, Talkwalker Alerts can send you an email when your name, your company, your investments, your favorite stars or any other name or term is mentioned on the Internet.
Update: Since this article was published, Google must have changed its mind about closing Google Alerts because the service still exists.
Talkwalker Alerts is a simple service that was launched a few weeks ago in response to Google shuttering Google Alerts. Talkwalker Alerts is designed to make it easy for you to set up alerts and to transfer your alerts from Google Alerts directly to Talkwalker. By taking a few minutes to set up your alerts you can be notified when a term is mentioned on the Internet.
Creating a TalkWalker Alert
You can then choose to be notified about Everything, News, Discussions or Blogs. Next choose which languages you want alerts from: all languages or a specific one. Choose the frequency: as it happens, once a day or once a week. Then select whether you want all results or only the best results.
Enter your email address and then click on the red Create Alert button. You’ll be sent a confirmation email to the address you provided with a password for your Talkwalker account. (Be sure to change that password after you click on the link confirming your Talkwalker account.)
After I set up my Talkwalker account, alerts appeared in my inbox very quickly. In my zeal to test Talkwalker Alerts, I neglected to put quotation marks around Wonder of Tech so I was getting a lot of notices about the word “tech” being mentioned on the Internet. As much of a tech fan as I am, I didn’t need quite that many notifications about tech.
Fortunately, there is a very easy solution so this doesn’t happen to you.
Importing Your Google Alerts
If you’ve already set up Google Alerts, you can easily copy your alerts to Talkwalker to save time and hassle. Just go to Google Alerts and click on Manage Your Alerts. On the Alerts page, click Export Alerts.
You’ll be asked where to save the file. The easiest place to save it is your Desktop so you can easily access it then delete it when you’re done.
Next, go to the Talkwalker Alerts Manage page and click on Import Alerts. Then click on Choose File. A pop up page will appear. Select Desktop then choose the alerts.csv file and click Open at the bottom of the page. The pop up page should close and the Talkwalker Alerts Import page should be visible. Click the red Import Alerts button.
Your alerts will appear in your Manage Alerts page, just as they appeared in Google Alerts. You can click on the Edit button to the right of each alert to change any settings.
After you’ve confirmed that your alerts were imported to Talkwalker, you can delete the alerts.csv file from your Desktop.
Talkwalker Alerts vs. Google Alerts
Exporting your alerts from Google Alerts to Talkwalker copies your alerts, it doesn’t delete them from Google Alerts, so you can keep both services working at the same time. Google Alerts hasn’t ended yet so you can keep using it while you test Talkwalker. If you find you’re getting duplicate alerts you can delete your Google Alerts account. Interestingly, I haven’t had any duplicate alerts yet from Google and Talkwalker, even though the alerts settings are identical.
Although Google Alerts is going away, you can still stay informed with Talkwalker Alerts. Set up an account and then import your alerts from Google Alerts to stay in the know!
Have you set up Google Alerts? Had you found an alternative to Google Alerts? Have you ever found an alert particularly useful? Let us know in the Comments section below!