Yesterday I was catching up on some blog reading and I saw an excellent post on The Friendly Anarchist about rejecting Quantified Self. The post quotes a post on this blog and uses my full name spelled correctly. I would think this is something Google Alerts should be able to pick up. The Friendly Anarchist is not a new blog. It has archives going back to 2009.
This morning I got a Google Alert for my name.
This is common. Every other month I get a Google Alert for an arrest by someone with my same exact name. Do I ever get Google Alerts for when I am actually mentioned in a blog or newspaper? Never. When the super popular site LifeHacker mentioned my coffee site INeedCoffee in a featured article, I didn’t get a Google Alert for INeedCoffee.
I have confirmed the settings on every Google Alert multiple times. I should be getting Google Alerts when my sites or myself are mentioned, but I’m not. Google support is worthless, so I won’t waste my time reporting this to them. I just setup an account with Talkwalker, which is an alternative to Google Alerts. Hope they do a better job.