How to Set Up Google to Alert You When Your Name is Mentioned Online

by Diane Steinbach

"Googling" someone's name is a popular pastime. Only in this modern age can we find our fifteen minutes of fame online or research a potential date before the big dinner. Google is one of the biggest search engines and by far most popular today. They make it easy for you to discover all the nooks and crannies of the Internet. If you are wondering if your name is "out there," do a simple search. If you want to keep up with possible new entries about yourself or someone else, it's simple to let Google do the work for you. Want an alert? Here's how.

Go to

Look at the top left side of the web page for the area that says "Web: Images, Maps, News, Shopping, Gmail, and More." Click on the "More" link.

From the drop-down menu select "Even more."

Click on the "Alerts" link at the top left of the page. A new page will open and on the right side of that page is a box for you to create a Google Alert.

Type in your name under "Search Terms" and select how often you want to be updated. Enter your email address and click "Create Alert."

You will receive an email from Google confirming your email address and setting your alert. Click on the confirmation link and you are all set.

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