July 02, 2013, 4:41 PM — By now, we're probably all used to Google Reader being kaput. However, one casualty of the RSS reader shutdown is Google Alerts. The web monitoring service no longer creates feeds for RSS.
For any existing alerts that were previously sent to RSS, Google Alerts will let you change them to email delivery, so you can still get your as-it-happens or once-a-day digests of new blog posts or news articles for your search terms.
Email is a poor replacement for a newsreader, though. So if you prefer to get alerts via RSS and read them at your leisure in your newsreader of choice (and keep the clutter out of your inbox), you might want to try Bing.
Just like Google search, you can look up any term on Bing and scroll to the bottom to create a RSS feed out of that keyword or phrase. To do so:
- Enter your search term or phrase on Bing.
- In the drop-down box at the top, change "Best match" to "Most recent" (so you get the alerts sorted by newest first).
- Scroll down to the bottom
- Right-click on the "Subscribe by RSS" link and choose "Copy link address"
- In your RSS reader of choice (I'm using Feedly right now), click on the Add button to add a new feed.
- Paste in the copied URL, and voilà! You'll get alerts for your search terms in your newsreader via Bing.
So far, it seems Bing news doesn't pick up as much as Google Alerts did, but I haven't been testing it for long enough. If you know of any other RSS alerts services, let us know in the comments.
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