I use a tool called Google Alerts. Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
One of the alerts I’ve setup is for “teach an old dog new tricks.” I own the free computer training website www.TeachAnOldDogNewTricks.com and that is my motivation for creating that particular alert.
Today, my Google Alert made me aware of an article written by George Smith in the Morning Sentinel entitled “Technology has its place, but sometimes you can’t beat paper.” In the article he writes:
“In order to launch my new writing career this fall, I’ve had to step it up, technologically speaking. Daughter Hilary helped me set up a new e-mail system and address, using gmail. I actually like it a lot. Apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks — if he has to know them to survive.”
Hence, my alert.
When I came across his article in the Morning Sentinel I had no idea where the paper was located, so I clicked on the Connect With Us link which provided me with contact information but no physical address. Note to the Morning Sentinel, put your address on the page so people know where you are located; the web has made the world smaller and I’d like to know where you reside in this world.
Let me get back to George Smith for a moment. George, my website is designed for “old dogs” just like you and me. My website offers more than 40 hours of free computer training to anyone that wants to feel like a young dog. In fact, tell all your friends about www.TeachAnOldDogNewTricks.com.
If George Smith, whose website is www.georgesmithmaine.com, already uses Google Alerts, he should get an alert about this post about two hours after it’s posted. If George doesn’t use alerts, maybe the Morning Sentinel does.
If that doesn’t work, let it be known that I did some old fashion social networking and called his house and left a message. I think I spoke to his wife.
About the Author
Tony Holowitz is the owner of the John Anthony Group a computer training, consulting and web design business located just outside of Boston, in Arlington, Massachusetts.
In addition, he is the Chief Old Dog and instructor at TeachanOldDogNewTricks.com, which offers more than 40 hours of completely free computer training to anyone and everyone. Please visit www.johnanthonygroup.com or www.teachanolddognewtricks.com to learn more.