I have decided to send email alerts to myself anytime my name or handle, a.k.a. Katiebabs, comes up in a blog or website. I never knew that Google had this until some told me that authors will use this device when their name or review of a book is posted. I assume that others do this in their fields of choice.
I have to admit it is kind of cool to see your name in places you would have never thought possible.
A perfect example is of one alert I just received with my full name on Ebay. Freefall by JoAnn Ross is available there to purchase. And because I reviewed the book for one of my review sites, part of my review is there with my full name and the review site.
Here is the section where I was mentioned:
An intense thriller. . . .the perfect edge of your seat mystery. . . will most definitely blow you away." -- Kate Garrabrant, Romance Reviews Today
I have to admit, I was a bit giddy when I saw that. :D
So who is willing to admit they have googled their name or started their own alert?