Google Alerts Gets A Refresh With New Cleaner Design & Social Sharing Buttons

Saikat Basu 20-01-2014

Google’s new card-styled design concept has now come to Google Alerts. The understated alerts email service gets the same card-style layout that is now part of Google search results and Google Now on Google’s mobile apps.

Advertisement reports that the new alerts tells you the frequency of the updates, larger and more prominent headlines, and three newly introduced social sharing buttons for Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Also, on view is a useful “Flag as irrelevant” link that could help to fine-tune the alert search results with user feedback.

It can be said that the new design concept has arrived late to Google’s much-used automatic monitoring tool, even as people were beginning to write it off. The new look is cleaner and more user-friendly. The changes have been rolled out without much ado, so here’s a snapshot from my own mailbox that displays the new layout.

Google Alerts

Google quite obviously is reaching for consistency across all its offerings. It’s good to know that Google Alerts is getting some attention that underscores its importance. Do you use Google Alerts regularly? What do you feel about the little changes?

Source: Searchengineland


Related topics: Google Alerts, Google Search.

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  1. anantha krishna
    January 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    i was more happy with the earlier version of google alerts which gave an option of reading several articles on a particular subject. now that option is missing.

  2. Neuoogle
    January 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    if you are a google alerts user, checkout Neuoogle in the iTunes store.

    Neuoogle manages all of your searches within a single app, and then alerts you via a push notification when new results are found. A simple and streamlined workflow all contained within a single app. It supports all of the advanced key words used by google such as AND, OR, SITE and LINK, and can filter based on your locale.

    Neuoogle is free and available for iOS now. An android version is coming very soon.

    The Neuoogle team

    • Saikat B
      January 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks for the mention. Looks handy.

  3. unclefishbits
    January 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Does anyone know if this means they are still dying, broken, and not working, or does this mean there might be some future to them, and they will get smarter and dig deeper, once again?

    • Saikat B
      January 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

      No news on that so far. It is working for now, but who knows what Google has up its sleeve.

  4. waterboy
    January 20, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    FAIL! If we prefer Text results instead of HTML, no option to switch (even if the Alerts page gives you that "option")