Find out when your Twitter handle is mentioned in a news article

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“Twitter reacts” is an entire genre of news posts. If you’re active on Twitter you’ve probably been featured in one, whether you realize it or not.

A recently-viral tweet pointed out that you can use Google News to find out. It’s fun! My co-worker Andrew discovered he was quoted in a Hollywood Reporter post about Left Shark back in 2015.

Just search for your Twitter handle in Google News

I, meanwhile, was mentioned in a 2016 Dutch language Business Insider language post about the Mac battery indicator, which is extremely on-brand for me.

It’s neat, but it would be more fun to find out about these mentions when they happen, if only so you could tweet incredulously about it. Happily, Google also makes it easy to get realtime notifications—just head to Google Alerts and search for your Twitter username.

Search for your Twitter handle in Google Alerts

By default you’ll get an email anytime your Twitter handle shows up in a news post. If you don’t want these notifications in your inbox, you can opt to use an RSS feed instead.

You can get an RSS feed instead of email notifications, if you want

You can follow this feed using an RSS reader, of course. Or you can use it to send notifications to other applications using automated workflows we call Zaps.

I’m including some pre-made workflows to get you started. Just click on the Use this Zap button, and we’ll guide you through customizing it. It only takes a few minutes. You can read more about setting up Zaps here.

For example, you can share new mentions to a channel in Slack.

You can also compile these mentions in a spreadsheet.

Or, if you want to make sure you actually read every post you’re mentioned in, you can save them to a bookmarking app like Pocket or Instapaper.

These are just a few possibilities. Check out our RSS integrations to learn about more.

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