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Google Alerts with a Human Touch

Written by: Bill Sherman on Thursday, 31 July 2008, 6:33 AM

Here’s an interesting observation. When your friends know that you have an area of interest, they pay attention to that topic for you. In some ways, your social network becomes a virtual “clipping service” . . . or better yet a human-edited version of Google Alerts.

I love it when people send me relevant articles. I find all sorts of cool stuff I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. This past week, I received two very cool links from friends.

My friend Gwendolyn Kestrel sent me this cool article about the future of social networking tools. It points out that most social networking sites force us to live in cities (aggregating everyone into one large pool) when we really want to live in villages (small affinity based groups).

Another of my friends, Alesia Clardy, shared a link to What the F**K is Social Media, which provides some healthy up-to-date stats on the power of social media. “If you’re not on the train, it’s already leaving the station.” Very nice graphic design too.

So, here’s my challenge to you. Find out an area that interests someone in your network. Then, start paying attention for articles that would interest them. Brighten someone’s day by sending a relevant, thoughtful article.

Oh, and one quick warning . . . be sure it’s really relevant to the person. Otherwise, you’ll be spamming.

4 Responses to “Google Alerts with a Human Touch”

  1. Joe Franklin Says:

    I love doing this for people! It’s a great way to show interest in other’s interests while strengthening ties in a meaningful, sincere way.

    July 31st, 2008 9:18 pm

  2. Bill Sherman Says:

    Yes, you’ve also been someone who’s done this before for me. You’ve forwarded some great articles, and it shows that you’re really listening.

    July 31st, 2008 10:57 pm

  3. Kare Anderson Says:

    If you give enough other people
    what they really need or want
    you often get what you most need,
    sometimes even before you need it
    and from someone you did not know
    could provide it.

    The key to gratitude, as Bill exudes,
    is to not keep track, but to pay attention and let it happen

    August 1st, 2008 2:05 pm

  4. Bill Sherman Says:

    Kare, that’s beautifully stated. Thank you.

    Oh, and welcome here!

    August 1st, 2008 2:15 pm

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