Customized News Alerts
April 30, 2012 1:59 PM   Subscribe

Where can I setup an online news alert that (1) emails the alert to an address of my choice, and (2) allows me to set or customize the email subject line?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow to Computers & Internet (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
There's probably better ways of doing this but here's what I would do (if I had to) ...

1. Use Google Alerts to define search terms and email results to NotMyselfRightNow@mailinator.com (mailinator is a disposable email account which generates a RSS feed of the mailbox contents - if you had access to another email service which produced a rss feed of mailbox that would be better for obvious reasons)

2. Use http://ifttt.com/ to monitor the RSS feed and generate an email with your choice of subject line

That's what I would do if by 'online news alert' you mean 'tell me when a news items appears about Apples'. If however you simply want to monitor for updates some page which already has a RSS feed (most blogs fall into this category as does, for instance, news.bbc.co.uk) then you can skip the Google Alerts/Mailinator step and just ifttt.com.

It might be that I'm not as smart as I should be but I found using ifttt.com to start with rather challenging but it does work (and in fact it a very good service).
posted by southof40 at 3:05 PM on April 30, 2012


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