Missing alerts? Pangs of growth

February 14th, 2010

Some of you have contacted me saying that you are not getting alerts as regularly as you used to. We looked into it and realized the problem: our hosted server was not able to cope up with the sudden increase in the number of alerts.

What are our options?

1. TEMPORARY FIX: We have temporarily stopped RSS and VIDEO alerts (sorry folks) to get the rest going. This is because these two categories have the bulk of alerts.

2. We’re scaling our software

3. We’re considering moving to a bigger server AKA the cloud.

thank you and sorry for the inconvenience,

AP team

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Horoscope & Reminder Alerts

March 15th, 2009

How do you like your starry forecast delivered to your mailbox without having to browse the net or a local newspaper? Now on Alertpedia, you can setup a Horoscope alert to get your daily, weekly or monthly horoscope for your or your significant other’s zodiac.

Are you in need of an assistant who can remind you of all your important dates & events but can’t afford a P.A.? Let Alertpedia do the job for you at zero expense! You can now setup a Reminder alert for that very special & important date or event that you can’t afford to miss. For instance, your daughter’s doodly hair day at school or your nephew’s graduation day or fire your boss day.

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Here’s an interesting article on Alertpedia put together by MyBangalore – reminiscing how Alertpedia was born.

“ The 2004 Tsunami created irreparable damage to the whole world. But it also acted as a trigger for Dharani Nandakuru to think of providing timely alerts through the Internet, which resulted in Alertpedia.com. MyBangalore caught up with the entrepreneur.
For more go to:  http://mybangalore.com/article/tsunami-to-a-startup-alertpedia.html

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Let’s admit it. Everyone loves videos on the web. YouTube is the second most popular “search” site (you know the first one) in the US! Guess what most of the searches are? My guess is they are people searching every other day if there is a new video on soccer highlights, wisdom from Obama, magic tricks, some movie, some singer, etc.

Well, Alertpedia has an answer for this time sink. Tell us what videos you are interested in  – e.g., magic tricks – and we will email you when a new video is posted on YouTube on that – if it is posted tomorrow, next month, or next year!

Simple? So, leave the searches to us, and save your time to feast on the videos.

Check it out here!

PS: This is free and you can  set up as many alerts as you care to.

Dharani

PS: Here’s the Menthos and Diet Coke idea that launched YouTube into space!

We arrived at the NIMHANS conference center with our demo equipment, a huge poster we just got printed (for $8!)  and new business cards ($8). Quickly set up our booth and were waiting for visitors to come in. Then Vinayak Hegde- the very helpful organizer – comes by at 9.30am and says that we are selected as one of the Top-5 consumer ventures and should now do an on-stage demo.. in an hr! A quick scramble to script it, mirror rehearsal, and I’m all set to go on stage.

A nice introduction, flawless demo (thank you Demo Gods!) and some really good questions followed. Congratulations also to the other ventures that went on stage (Cashnxt, Verismo, SnappyFingers, and EnTrip)!

We got good coverage in the blog world and the best part of Headstart was all the valuable interactions with the visitors. Check out some what the news and blogosphere are saying about us.

CIOL News: India’s 10 Best Tech product startups

Headstart blog on consumer demos

Vinayak’s blog: Demos at Headstart 2009

CIOL: HeadStart provides platform for Indian startups

Bangaloreinc: Startups at Headstart

Basket Case: Demopit’s experiences at Headstart

Headstart provides platform for Indian startups

On Twitter too! Netra

Looks like we are beginning to be noticed. We have been selected to a small list of startups that will demo’ing their wares at the Headstart conference for entrepreneurs in Bangalore (Jan 9-10, 2009). Thank you Headstart for givings us this start!

Check us out if you are going to be there!

dharani

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There was this great article in Telegraph about Top 101 web sites. Some of our favorites on the list: Google, IMDB, Cricinfo.com, About.com, weather.com, DIGG, facebook, technorati. I don’t think I saw Amazon there (!?).

 But, we humbly believe that the list should include Alertpedia. Why?

  • Nearly every website in the list wants your attention, eyeballs, and time. Alertpedia SAVES you time. This is the one of the few sites (only?) where you get value delivered straight to your mail; we don’t count our success by the number of eyeballs on the site, rather by the number of appreciative emails we receive from our fellow subscribers.
  • This is the world’s FIRST and MOST COMPLETE alerting site. Like Wikipedia for knowledge, Google for search, Alertpedia is the single stop shop for alerts, on almost everything. (esp. with the RSS feed alerts feature. check it out)
  • In the world of information overload, Alertpedia cuts down on information and only sends you what you want to know about.
  • Alertpedia is not a VC-funded venture. It is run by us with our own time and money. We keep it simple, we focus on value for families, and not on fancy financial projections and innumerable adverts. We started Alertpedia because we felt a need for such alerts in our own lives. If it serves that purpose, and also helps you, then our time here is spent well.
  • We started with a noble purpose: save lives through alerts so 300000 people won’t die again like in the Indian ocean tsunami. Good goals usually lead to good outcomes.

Do you agree? If you believe that there should be some other sites included in the 102, go ahead, plug it here.

dharani
Alertpedia: Don’t just talk about “not doing evil”,  do good.

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Let’s face it.. we are constantly running out of time juggling so many things at home that we sometimes need “helpers” – the perfect nanny, handyman, cleaning services, lawn care, etc. Some times we just go Google, find who we want, and are done. Some times we don’t find the right service, but know that something will pop up one day.. so we put off hiring one for now. How about if the Web came calling when such helpers become available in your area?

That’s what alerts on “Local services” do at Alertpedia. Tell Alertpedia that you are looking for a nanny in your area, and forget about it.. Alertpedia will send you free email alerts when a nanny becomes available. Here are some examples:

• Tell me when a “nanny” becomes available in “Ann Arbor, MI”
• Tell me when a “tree cutter” becomes available in “Austin, TX”
• Tell me when a “handyman” or “mover” becomes available in “Chicago, IL”

No more checking the web every day and definitely on more trying your hand at handymanny again. Isn’t life sweet?

We hope that this truly saves you some time so you can do more useful things that you are truly passionate about. And, if you find a great service, please report it on Alertpedia so that others can also benefit from that service.

And, pass on this service to your friends; after all that’s what friendship is about – sharing tips about best nanny and handyman.. so that we can get back to Beer and shopping, the real stuff that friendship is about ;-)

Dharani
Alertpedia: Looking out for you busy households

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Get alerts on Local Events!

April 29th, 2008

My kids love Dora and Diego. And, who doesn’t like a yard sale in the neighborhood, or a Eric Clapton concert? The only problem is that I don’t have time to keep checking when Dora is coming to town or when someone decides to share their “junk” with the rest of the community this weekend.

Alertpedia to the rescue! You can now receive alerts on local events  in any area of your choice, for free. For example,

  • Tell me when there is a “Dora” event in “New York, NY”.
  • Tell me when “Clapton” plays in “Austin, TX”.
  • Tell me when there is a “yard sale” in “Ann Arbor, MI”.

You will get alerts for yard sales in Ann Arbor and some miles around it. So, even if you don’t find your exact town in the location dropdown, pick a nearby city and you should be good. If that doesn’t suffice, let us know and we will gladly add your wonderful town to the list.

Hope your weekends are filled with some more fun! And be sure to let us know how you like these alerts or if you want to see something more. As with any good thing in life, please share this  news with your friends.

- Dharani

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How often do we check career sites looking for that dream job in our dream location? (and then reality checks in and the current boss walks in with a project plan. :) ) The good news is that there are dozens of those perfect jobs out there for each of us. But they disappear while we have our heads deep in the current job. Like the mighty mouse discovered in  “Who Moved My Cheese” don’t stop looking for a job even when the current one seems very secure, especially when the economy is turbulent.

Well, here’s how you can have your current job and not miss the dream job too. Alertpedia now supports job alerts by area and category!

e.g., Alert me when there is a “Healthcare” job in “Chicago, IL”

You can filter the alerts on search text:

  • e.g., Alert me when there is a “Healthcare” job in “Chicago, IL” with the keyword “nurse” in the title
  • Alert me when there is a “Software developer” job in “Austin, TX”, with the keyword “AJAX” in the title

Set up as many as you need. It’s free. Watch them daily or weekly. Be sure to let us know if something is missing from the feature, like your favorite job category.

PS: And good luck with finding your dream job! Drop us a note if you found something useful via Alertpedia alerts. We like to believe that we are making a difference! :)

While you are in the job hunting mode, here’s another good book to find your dream job: What Color is Your Parachute?.

-Dharani

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