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Archive for October, 2005

Personal CustomScoop Invites

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Today Personal CustomScoop surprised me with 5 invites that I can give away to anyone who’d care to try out their service. CustomScoop currently runs a free-to-join beta program that allows you to track news on any topic that you like. I’m particularly interested in their service because I already reviewed their full-service, professional offerings in an article about Market Intelligence News Radars in February 2005. 


As you can see from the snapshot, I am currently using the CustomScoop service to be notified when any of the 40,000 newspapers, magazines, blogs and political web sites monitored mentions the availability of alert services (RSS feeds) based on user-selected keywords. Currently CustomScoop’s limited, ‘Personal’ offering consists of two notification messages a day, mind you, by email.

I found the CustomScoop search criteria form very easy to use. It seems to allow an unlimited number of search words and phrases, and even allows to specify document properties like language, country, document type and so on. Something tells me I should insert a couple of quotes in my queries to reduce the noise.

Now wouldn’t it be truly stunning when the CustomScoop people themselves would start offering exactly those custom, keyword-based RSS feeds to their customers? I trust their very own service will notify me about that news as soon as it’s real…

If you’re interested in an invite, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Written by Marjolein Hoekstra

October 8th, 2005 at 8:33 pm

Posted in Web Alert Services