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Is Google Alerts the next product to die?

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For most people, Alerts notifications are trickling to a halt. There hasn’t been a major update to the service in years, and it seems that internal development on it has stalled. Google Alerts is a free service that monitors indexing that the Google search engine does to the web. If a search term matches what is indexed, you will get an email alert. These indexing alerts seem to be slowing down, even when someone is posting a ton of content of the internet.

Users from Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land to Christina Warren of Mashable are reporting missed terms or outright outages of coverage. With the sudden death of Google Reader, even pro-Google advocates are worried that this is the next service that will go. So what should you do?

It’s time that you consider moving off Google Alerts to a different service. Not only will your reliability improve, but you are less likely to be blindsided by a the sudden demise of a beloved service. There are many other services available now, such as Mention or Infoxicate.

Do you have a favorite alert service? Let us know in the comments.

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