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Did Google buy GoogleAlerts.com?
Or did they reinvent their own?

 3:55 am on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Before Google started offering Google Alerts, there was a site called GoogleAlerts.com, that used the Google API to monitor Google's SERPs for keywords and e-mail you when something was found.

Did Google buy them or is Google's new "Google Alerts" their own thing that they rolled from scratch?

Just curious, if anybody knows.




 1:49 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Think the footer at GoogleAlerts.com gies you the answer your looking for -:

Google Alert 2004 Indigo Stream Technologies. Terms of use. Not affiliated with Google.


 3:15 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Then Google must have rolled their own at (Google's web site)/alerts. I was hoping that the guys had scored a "win" by creating something interesting and then being bought out by Google. (I have no relationship with the people at Google Alerts, just wishing some fellow entrepreneurs some good luck.)



 3:25 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Isn't the google API in Beta, and only allows up to 10 queries a day? Or am I mistaken!


 5:16 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

I believe it allows 1000 queries a day and I also believe that Google gives more queries to certain people who ask for them.


 5:16 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'd be concerned about brand infringement if I was with STEAM. Not sure how they would legally justify to use the well protected and established G brand for their product and domain...


 7:42 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)


It is 1000 queries per day and Google definitely allows some people more. I remember reading somewhere that the GoogleAlerts-dot-com guys had be given an "unlimited" API key.



 8:10 pm on Sep 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

androidtech, how come you're so well informed and then on the other side ask questions that are answered by simply looking at the footer of that page?

so maybe you remember "reading somewhere that they have an unlimited API-key" because you read it in the very contract you signed yourself?

i remember times when it was more difficult to disguise promotion in threads around here..


 12:52 am on Sep 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Promotion of what? Google Alerts? Why would I promote them when I already stated publicly that I have no affiliation with them? I don't blame anyone for being overly skeptical or cynical these days, but you are incorrect if you think I have an ulterior motive here.



 1:27 am on Sep 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Chill dudes. I don't think he was trying to promote it.


 9:04 am on Oct 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

To clear up the confusion, I *am* from Google Alert (Indigo Stream Technologies) and picked up this thread through - you guessed it - Google Alert. So here's an entry from our FAQs:


What is Google Alert's relationship with Google?

Google Alert is unaffiliated with Google, although we are in regular contact with them. Google Alert uses Google's Web APIs to perform its searches. Google has generously provided Google Alert with a high-capacity Web APIs key for our needs, and agreed to the use of the Google Alert name and googlealert.com domain. Google has agreed to our release of premium paid Google Alert services.


I think this should answer the questions in this thread.


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