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Cronycle lets you monitor your industry and curate valuable information from the widest range of sources. There are several ways to monitor search terms, including Google Alerts and Reddit communities, and an integrated freeform search.

Cronycle feeds are used as a starting point for your information workflow – a way to aggregate and filter content from many places. Other sources you can use to create feeds include RSS feeds, Twitter handles, newsletters, and our own automated Topics – learn more. This post covers Google Alerts, Reddit community and search alerts, and our own freeform search feature.

Monitor Google Alerts in your feed

This section explains how to create a Google Alert and add it to a Cronycle feed to monitor and aggregate.

Step 1 – Create a Google Alert

First, in Google Alerts, create an alert for the subject you are interested in. You will see it in your list of alerts, such as Artificial Intelligence Ethics in this example:

to monitor search terms from Google Alert, start by creating a Google Alert

You can use common syntax elements to shape these alerts, such as + to include content with several words, – to do exclusions, “or” to have several options, “quotes” for specific expressions, etc. Read more about more tricks to optimise your Alert here.

Cronycle’s expert networks and feeds can easily be used as an alternative to Google Alerts, learn more on this other dedicated post.

To aggregate Google Alerts to monitor together, you need to generate an RSS link for each alert. Click on the pen of the Google Alert you want to follow to show the settings. Select RSS feed in the last option to deliver the alert to.

to aggregate Google Alerts, change the delivery from email to RSS in Google Alerts

Save to update the alert. Now, when you hide the options, you will see an RSS icon by the alert. Right click to copy the destination link – a fully working RSS feed URL.

Click on the RSS icon to open the RSS URL which you can copy to aggregate in Cronycle

Step 3 – Add the Google Alert in Cronycle to curate

Now, you are ready to add this RSS link to Cronycle. In Feeds, click on Create a feed.

Paste the link in the input field to add new source: within a couple of seconds, the Google Alert appears in the results. Press on the + icon to add it to your feed (it appears on the right).

monitor search terms from Google Alerts - paste the RSS to new feed

You can aggregate other Google Alerts to monitor, and/or other sources. When ready, click on Done, and edit the feed title before clicking “Create feed”. A few seconds after, the content appears in the new feed.

feed to curate Google Alerts showing content. You can monitor several search terms, each with a dedicated RSS URL.

Recently, some Google Alerts have come empty. This is a problem on the Google Alert side. Content appears on the Google Alert page, but nothing in the RSS feed when opening it in a browser nor RSS feed readers. We have found two solutions:

  • Try using Cronycle freeform search instead, combined with keyword filters – check how to start here
  • Do a new Google Alert and try again

Add a Google Alert to an existing feed or your library

Another option is to add the Google Alert as a source to an existing feed, from the feed settings (cog wheel). In the settings panel, expand Feed sources, and click on “Add Sources”. Like mentioned above, add the Google Alert RSS link in the search box, and click on the + to add to the feed.

Alternatively, you can also add the same source to your Sources Library. From there, you need to click on “Add new sources”, then search as described above, and click on the + icon to add to the library. To create a feed from the source, select one or several sources, of different kinds if you want, and click on “Add to feed” to build your own custom feed or add to an existing feed.

curate Google Alerts from sources library

You can also start adding keywords to further refine your feed. From there, you can pin interesting content to boards and continue the workflow all the way to publishing.

Monitor Bing search Alerts in your feed

Unfortunately, Microsoft stopped supporting Bing search alerts via RSS around September 2021. We are keeping this section available in case this is a temporary pause. For now it is not working.

This short section explains how to create a Bing search Alert and aggregate it to a Cronycle feed. Bing search is very powerful and gives you a lot of control. Learn more about that on this blogpost from Lifewire.

Simply perform a search in Bing, and copy the search URL from the browser.

Add a Bing search alert to curate from - copy the url before you can aggregate

Then, go to Cronycle, to Create a feed or add sources, and paste the search URL in the search box. Next, append &format=rss at the end. This transforms a simple Bing search into a Bing search Alert which you can aggregate.

Curate from a Bing search alert - paste the search RSS url in Cronycle create a feed or add sources

Wait a few seconds for the alert to be retrieved. It appears as an RSS result. Now, add to a feed to see and curate the content from your Bing search Alert (up to 6 months in the past).

You can also add the same URL to your sources library and make feeds from there, or add to existing feeds.

Unfortunately, Microsoft stopped supporting Bing search alerts via RSS around September 2021. We are keeping this section available in case this is a temporary pause. For now it is not working.

Get Reddit content in your feed

You can monitor a Reddit community and search results easily using Cronycle feeds, letting you further filter to monitor specific terms or content. Depending on the content you want, there are two options to generate an RSS from Reddit: one for communities, the other to monitor search terms. An RSS is a standard way to share links across platforms.

Get the RSS URL for a community

Reddit is organized in communities, identified in the URL and header as r/, such as https://www.reddit.com/r/IWantToLearn for the “I Want to Learn” community.

To monitor a Reddit community, you need to add the community as a source to a Cronycle feed. Simply go to a community r/ page in Reddit, copy the URL and append .rss at the end. Such as: https://www.reddit.com/r/IWantToLearn.rss

Monitor Reddit community

Get the RSS URL for a Reddit search to monitor search terms

For a Reddit search, perform a search in Reddit, such as “ux”. Copy the search URL, e.g. https://www.reddit.com/search/?q=ux and insert .rss in place of the forward slash just before the question mark. The RSS URL is therefore https://www.reddit.com/search.rss?q=ux

Add the URL to a Cronycle feed

Then, go to Cronycle, to Create a feed or add sources, paste the above mentioned URL in the search box

Add a Reddit community - paste the RSS URL in Cronycle create a feed or add sources - to monitor search terms

Wait a few seconds for the alert to be retrieved. It appears as an RSS result. Now, add to a feed to see the content from your alert (up to 6 months in the past).

You can also add the same URL to your sources library and make feeds from there, or add to existing feeds.

We also have an integrated option to curate content mentioning specific terms. This is a valuable an alternative, and you can also curate from Google Alerts and Cronycle freeform search within the same feed. It leverages our Cronycle Topics content and expertise network. Our mission is to help you gain time by surfacing relevant content. You can actually aggregate several types of alerts in a feed to ensure no content is missed.

To try that, search for any expression in the search field, in Create a feed or Add sources to a feed. Then, add the result in quotes to your feed. Any time the expression is mentioned in the content shared within our expertise network, the content will appear in your feed. Learn more

Add a Cronycle search to aggregate content - simply type the expression(s) needed and add each one. Alternative to Google and Bing search alerts

To monitor search terms, other information, to harvest and share insights, create an individual account or, if you are a team, meet with us to see Cronycle in action for your needs.

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