Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Google Alerts

Do you know what's been published about you on the internet? If you are going to trial soon, you'll want to know. Chances are, opposing council has done a thorough check on you via Google. Everything you've posted to the web is searchable ... and can be held against you under cross examination.

Have you ever flamed someone on a message board or forum? It may come up. Have you ever posted conflicting opinions on an issue? It may come up. What about the things others are saying about you? How do you know? There's an easy way to keep up to date as things happen ... Google Alerts.

Create a free account with Google and you'll have access to this wonderful service. Google alerts are e-mail updates of the latest relevant Google search results, based entirely on your criteria. Create a comprehensive alert with your name as the search criteria. Set it to return results as they happen, once a day, or once a week. Then, if something is posted on-line with your name on it, you'll know. No more surprises.

The first time it runs, you may get a lot of results. But, those results won't be returned again unless something changes with the page.

You can create alerts that focus on items related to your investigation. There's no limit to the number of alerts you can receive ... but you'll have trouble managing them if you set up too many.

Check it out for yourself and you'll be hooked.

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