How to keep track of birthdays. Use your PIM system

Birthdays: How to keep track of everyone’s birthday. Use your Personal Information Management PIM system

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How to save time every day. Get organized with your search activity. Use “Google Alerts”.

How to save time every day. Get organized with your search activity. Use “Google Alerts”.

If there is a specific topic that you are particularly interested in your personal or professional life, you can set up a tool within Google called a “Search Agent”. This service will automagically search the internet for the topic your are interested in. For example, I am particularly interested in “Data Preservation”.

I have set up a search agent on Google Alerts http://www.google.com/alerts with the search term “Data Preservation” in a Boolean search. This service scours the internet and delivers the findings when I tell it to. In this case, every day, I get one email with links to all things that have anything to do with Data Preservation. Saves a lot of time and effort on my end. If I can’t get to the email every day, I do not miss anything. I have the results in my inbox.

Setup is easy:
1.) Go to http://www.google.com/alerts
2.) Create your search terms. (For tips go to Google and look up “Boolean search”
3.) Chose everything
4.) Chose how often you want results sent to you. As it Happens, Every Day, Every Week??
5.) How many results you want ot see?
6.) Where do you want the data sent? Which email account?
7.) Hit the Create Alert button.

Following this technique, you can become an expert in a short time.

Hope this “PIMCoach Tip” has helped you.
Regards,
Peter Gailey

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