Google Alerts is a great tool but only when it’s working reliably. Most are reporting that it’s stopped completely. Considering how Google Reader was dropped, it won’t be long before it gets closed too.
If you love the tool and need a replacement, here is our small list of alternatives…
Mention offers three pricing tiers,
- Free – up to 500 mentions a month
- Pro plans starting at 50,000 mentions a month at €19.99 a month
Talkwalker Alerts appears to be free and fairly flexable
- Free service
- Basic filtering – blog, news, discussions, everything
- Selectable languages
- Basic control over frequency, once a day, once a week, as it happens
Topsy on the face of it seems restricted, it can only search Google+ and Twitter. But as the two social networks evolve they may be the most important ones
- Free to use
- Good selection of languages
- Better than basic selection of search types, links, photos, videos, experts
- Able to refine search before committing to creating an alert
Social Mention carries the most comprehensive set of filters and controls. Easy to use and lots of features, such as;
- sentiment indications
- top users
- hash tags
At the time of writing, alerts is down but due to be available again within a week
Notification Control provides links to the settings page on various social media sites where you can then change the alert settings. If you are happy with visiting sites individually then this site is your control panel.
Which one to use?
Most of the sites, except Notification Control, offer free and paid services. The pro versions offer history, stats and more detailed reports. For most of Us, the free versions should be enough.
Have you tried any of them? Which ones do you use? Please leave a comment below