Three Ways to Find Out When You’re Mentioned on the Web

Apparently, someone has uploaded an older edition of my Shameless Self-Promotion ebook to the Internet. I sell the book on my Website, so I am quite ticked that someone has decided to give it away. Most people who purchase ebooks, I believe, abide by the copyright and keep the documentation for their use only.

But then, there are others.

I’ll get this straight with the site owner where the ebook is illegally posted, but in the meantime, I wanted to share with you three ways you can find out when someone’s talking about you, your products, etc., online. I’m using all of these, and an email from TweetBeep is how I found out.

Google News Alerts

You can receive alerts when terms you designate show up on the Web. It’s free to sign up at When a Website with my name on it gets indexed, I receive an alert. I also added alerts for my book titles and expertise.

To streamline the responses you receive, enclose phrases in quotation marks (e.g., “Peggy Duncan” or “The Time Management Memory Jogger” or “email overload”).

TweetBeep is like Google Alerts but for Twitter. From their Website, “You can keep track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company, anything, with hourly updates! You can even keep track of who’s tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL (like or”

SocialOomph (formerly TweetLater)

SocialOomph “will monitor the twitter tweet stream and will periodically email you a digest of tweets that contain your designated keywords.” It can be used  for online reputation management, catching all your @replies and @mentions, finding job/networking opportunities, tracking your competitors, and more! SocialOomph also includes options such as scheduling tweets to send later, as well as several features I don’t like such as automatically following someone who follows me.

If you’re using something different, please leave a comment and let us know, especially if it’s free.

UPDATE: I’m also using for notifications from Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, and more in one email report.