Google Alerts has long had the reputation of being a simple, user-friendly email alert service for news stories and general web mentions, extracted from a customized search query. As one of Google’s oldest tools, the product has been held to a high standard of reliability and accuracy.
Recently, Google has taken the turn for the worst, killing off Google Reader, a valuable RSS tool for a variety of users. Many fear that, given Google Alerts’ recent issues, it will soon be added to the quickly growing list of “Google Graveyarders.”
For professional users who are looking to keep track of a product or competitor, Google Alerts’ service has never been ideal. Too often, alerts are missing important data or not being sent in real time. The results are dry in their presentation, making it hard to see across multiple sources. Lastly, the complex syntax and Boolean operators can be challenging for users, leaving them with unwanted results or missing relevant information.
With Google Alerts’ recent performance issues, the door is open for a new hot market. Many companies have taken advantage of the problems and have created solutions to improve where Google went wrong. Ranging from entry- to enterprise-level tools, there are now solutions for any professional to receive the most reliable results in real time. Here are seven options for various needs and budgets:
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