It's a good thing Google stated "Don't do evil," as its company motto. They're ubiquitous, so they need a high ethics target to aim for even if they occasionally fail. One of their powerful free features is called Google Alerts. Google sweeps the web to find whatever ‘string' (group of characters) you set. A Maggie Gyllenhaal (see April, 2010 post) fan? Google will tell you things like she's opening off-Broadway in January--all you have to do is enter her name in an alert.
The function is refreshingly self-explantory. Just enter 'google alerts' into an Internet command line and follow the prompts.
The problem comes with less unique terms. If you set an alert for ‘Kevin Arnold,' you'll get all those Wonder Years articles. The string ‘kevin arnold red room,' for example, would alert you only when I make a new post.
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Poetry Center San Jose -- President