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Google Alerts Now Available on RSS

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Fighting Bulky Inboxes With RSS

Google Alerts are a way to tell Google what terms (like your name, business or neighborhood) you want to know when they’re mentioned online. You can have it emailed to you as it happens or daily, but it’s a great reputation management tool.

The problem is, I personally get about 100 emails per week based on all of the keywords I’m following, but Google has created an option for reading your alerts via RSS feed for your chosen terms which is a great time saver.

via: AG News
image via: flickr

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Missy Caulk

    October 31, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Wonderful ! I follow so many terms it is ridiculous, so just go to Google Alerts and set it up RSS?

  2. Paula Henry

    November 1, 2008 at 6:37 am

    I just love Google – they always seem to know just what I need. Oh and I love your picture, Lani 🙂

  3. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    November 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Missy, check this out, it illustrates where to click the RSS option.

    Paula, you’re right- they’re kind of like omniscient programmers that don’t sleep. THANK YOU for the compliments on the image… I have way too much fun with that stuff!

  4. M Starr

    November 3, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Learn something new everyday. That looks like a very useful tool.

  5. Mary Pope-Handy

    November 3, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Hi Lani,

    That is a very helpful tip! I had relegated most of the google alerts to my gmail account (used mostly for listserves) but this is even better.

    Thanks!

  6. Danilo Bogdanovic

    November 4, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Great tip! I’ve been using it to keep an eye out for posts/articles with certain local keywords as well as my name and blogs for a while now.

    And thanks to Google Alerts, I caught a local blogger copying my content the other day.

  7. Kay Baker Wilmington NC Real Estate

    November 5, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Yes, I have been using google alerts and love it to follow my favorite blogs.

  8. John Wake

    November 11, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    You can get a similar effect by going to https://news.google.com/ and personalizing the page with your own search terms.

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“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers

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The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS.  However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of  the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:

Do You Smell Smoke?

“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)

“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?) 

“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)

“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)

“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)

I Think I See Flames

“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)

“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)

“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)

“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)

“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)

Still Smoldering…

“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)

“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)

“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)

“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)

Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):

“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)

 

 

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“New bd pans inc” – Making a Splash on the MLS

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I have two things to say this week: 1. When you drink, you can’t think. 2. When you drink you can’t- … uh, what was I saying? Oh, yes – the MLS.  It was so full of bloopers this week that I am led to conclude that happy hour started Monday and never stopped. Read these and tell me if it is any wonder I was driven to throw back a few martinis myself:

Booze ‘N’ Fools

“Free membership to gin inc” (It seems someone else beat us to it, Martini Mary.)

“Grab now use imagination” (That’s what Arnold said to his housekeeper.)

“House has new edition” (Agent lacks erudition.)

“Babblying broke runs in back” (Bumbling buffoon runs amuck.)

“Drop by for cocktail ho” (Oh, is the Sunset Strip for sale?)

Puff ‘N’ Stuff

“Near Sacramento airpot” (I believe his name is Jerry Brown.)

“Claw me for selling” (I’m too busy clawing my eyes out over your spelling.)

“Reduction on mid-century ner Holywod” (Another mid-sixties porn star is looking for work.)

“We can sake your home” (Can I get fried rice with my sake?)

Proof or Goof

“Nice streem” (Said Grandma to Grandpa after his diaper  exploded.)

“Nice for dog kids” (Uh, they’re called ‘puppies,” pal.)

“New bd pans included” (Thank you, Nurse Nancy – can you warm those first?)

“Good stable in neighborhood.” (Have you contacted Mary and Joseph?)

“Drawing for plasma” (Is this a blood-bank?)

And This Week’s Winner Is:

“Good school in areola” (Thanks for keeping me abreast of things.)

PROOF OR GOOF, FRIENDS – I’M WATCHING EWE 🙂

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My secret office organization tip – Sharpies and tape

If you’re still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don’t typically share with anyone, but I’m willing to share with you today…

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Keeping organized

I used to be obsessed with the P-touch machine. I labeled everything. Drawers, shelves, folders, canisters, and anything that I could think of putting a label on.

But the label makers weren’t as pretty as my own handwriting and didn’t come in every color a Sharpie does, so I got the brilliant idea one day to write in light blue sharpie in my beautiful handwriting on clear tape, placed neatly on the shelves in the pantry. Visitors thought I had written on the cabinets, “what if you have to move things?” they asked. “It’s just tape, look!” I said as if I was performing a complicated magic trick.

Not just shelves!

It’s great to use this tip on files and folders so you can reuse them (especially if you have custom files or designer files), on drawers at the bottom of each section where pens and tape goes, and especially in the break room.

No more label maker, no more refill cartridges and no more mess, especially someone else’s mess! Trust me, this is an OCD person’s dream organizing tip!

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