I have almost 250 Google Alerts now on topics, people, and companies,
so I receive emails on my blackberry every time news occurs about any
of these. This is like having a personalized, real-time Burrelle’s
clipping service that is delivered to my PDA. It is invaluable.
New terms I added today: fairtunes, giftwiki, bango, mobeon
Before I spend time personally one-on-one with entrepreneurs who want (free) advice, I ask them to do several things, including set up Google Alerts.
When I speak to students or educators I plead with them all to take
advantage of this amazing free service that will wire their brain to
breaking news around the globe about topics they are most interested in.
Imagine the increase in personal intellectual capital if every employee
in every company did this, and if every student and professor did this
Now fast forward a year or two when Google Alerts (or the equivalent)
will work with radio and TV broadcasts and conference transcripts and
university lectures and books as well.
Each of us will be able to design our own life-long learning
curriculum. We will be more intelligent, because we have designed our
knowledge alert systems, rather than reading a newspaper or watching a
TV news program with 22 minutes of airtime (with only a tiny fraction
of the information being relevant to us personally) and 8 minutes of
commercials, which are mind-numbing and inane.
One of the most useful skills in the future will be designing our own
personal keyword alert systems. I wonder if there is an opportunity to
consult with large corporations to help them implement personal keyword
alert systems for hundreds or thousands of employees, to help them stay
competitive, monitor their competition, be alerted to successes and
best practices that might affect them, and so forth.
I might be willing to design a consulting practice around this, in case someone is interested….