Google Search gets a new feature where users will get an alert every time their name is mentioned or appears on the Internet. The feature is called ‘Stay in the Loop,’ through which the search engine giant will notify users on their registered Gmail IDs as to where their names mentioned.
The new feature works as long as a user is logged into his official Google account. Also, they’ve to give Google access to save their Web and App activity which can be enabled via the Activity Controls menu.
“Save your search activity on apps and in browsers to make searches faster and get customized experiences in Search, Maps, Now, and other Google products,” says the Activity Controls page.
How does it work?
To activate the feature, users need to make sure they’re logged into their Google account and have granted Google access to track their Web and App activity. This can be done via the Activity Controls Menu.
Once they’ve granted Google the required access, the Stay in the loop widget shows up at the bottom of the first page of search results. Clicking on the widget takes users to a Google Alert form that already has your username in quotation marks. Once you’ve adjusted the Settings, just click on Create alert, and you’re good to go.
From here on, users can set Google Alerts for their name references. Users can also choose from a number of suggestions to get alerts for such as music, politics, sports and automobiles. Moreover, users can also adjust settings such as email frequency, source types, languages, and region.
Google announced the feature last month in a blog post, though it had not yet been released. Now the search engine giant has officially made the feature live. Along with the ‘Stay in the Loop’ feature, Google has also rolled out several improvements and other features for My Account off-late. The company released the ‘Find your phone’ feature to help users locate their smartphones in case they’re lost or stolen. It also rolled out a new feature where users can access My Account through voice commands.
That being said, several reports suggest that the feature is now live in India. However, I still don’t see the new Stay in the Loop widget that is supposed to appear at the bottom of the first page of search results, even after granting Google access to my Web and App activity via the Activity Controls menu.
Did any of our readers get to see the new Stay in the Loop feature? Do let us know in the comments section below.