Using Google Alerts for the Latest on Whatever Interests You

Monitor the Web for the Latest News

Using Google alerts to keep up to date with the latest news on whatever interests is really easy to set up. You can choose the topic and how often you want the emails to come to you. You may need to experiment with the search terms to get the result you are looking for. It doesn’t take long to set up and when  you no longer wish to get a particular alert they are easily cancelled.

You can use them to keep up to date with the latest news in your business, or for personal use for your favorite sporting results.

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What Google says about Google Alerts:

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Enter a search query you wish to monitor. You will see a preview of the type of results you’ll receive.

Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams

You may want to set up an alert on results from your  favorite sporting team, an artist or writer you are interested in, music or whatever interests you.

Set up Your Google Alerts  here: www.google.com.au/alerts

Email Signatures

Have you set up an email signature for your business?

An email signature with your web address looks professional and is easy to set up.  Email Signatures are a great way to reinforce your branding and provides instant contact  information for the reader. If you are not sure how to set up an email signature use the “Help” function in your Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Express or whatever you are using.

You can change the size and color of the font, add your logo and finally your web address. Make sure you test it and that the link works!

3dotsWith the amount of junk mail and scams out there if you are serious about creating a professional image you will go to the effort of making up an email signature that include all the details of your business and your web address. I personally find it hard to take an email seriously if there is no ownership. If someone is asking me for a quote or a website question I am much more likely to take the enquiry seriously if I know that I am dealing with a real person from a real business.

If you have multiple interests to do with your business you can make up multiple email signatures to suit each one. Pick one as the default and use it for your most common enquiries and then the other ones you can select and use them when necessary.

If you want to add your facebook, twitter, linkedin, google+ or pinterest links this is a great place to do it. In my signature I have stuck with text links but you could easily add your favorite social icons/images and link them to your accounts.

If you would like to have more than one email signature set up – for example one for your friends, one for your business this is possible too.

Set up multiple email signatures and whoever you send the most emails too make this the default. When you want to change the email signature just right click and select the one you want to use.

Not only can you set up the email signature with your business details but you can also promote any specials or other information your client may be interested in. Once the special or promotion has finished just remove/delete it from your email signature.

As an example here’s my email signature:

 

Regards, Megan

Megan McDonald

(03) 9812 2972

Solutions Indata

www.solutionsindata.com
Professional Websites

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Google Glass – The World in Front of Your Eyes

Gadgets that change the way we live

I remember clearly when we first got a computer hooked up to the internet. I was amazed at the amount of information on all sorts of topics available in simple websites. The websites back then were  nothing like they are now. Sitting in front of a basic big boxy monitor in awe of what was in front of me. How does this compare to the concept of  Google Glass ?  It can’t. It is just amazing how far technology has advanced in recent times.

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A snippet of time captured by Google Glass

I also remember the first phone I had that had a car kit. I thought it was fantastic! It was huge by today’s standards. It was the classic black brick phone that had a beautiful curly cable attaching it to the car kit.

The progression from the small black and white TV, to Color TV, to huge flat screen TV has all happened in my lifetime.

And what about the “technology” used in films like “Lost in Space” and the “Jetsons”.  As a kid watching these shows I would never have thought that one day some of this technology would become real and available to everyone.

The evolution of  technology has allowed both the internet, the way websites are made, and  the gadgets we use make  us all expect so much  from what they can do.

My first thought about Google Glass when I watched the video on what it could do was “WOW”. This is really amazing. I have visions in my head of going into the city of Melbourne and walking around the streets with all the suited up business men and women with their Google Glass attached to their heads.

Have a look at this video which shows what you can see if you are wearing  Google Glass …