Google adds new SOS Alerts to search and Maps as part of its crisis response features

Aiming to give users more information when a crisis occurs, Google’s new SOS Alerts are the latest addition to its family of crisis response search features.
The SOS Alerts will appear at the top of search results related to an incident or searches for the location where the crisis has happened. According to Google, alerts will include maps, top stories about the crisis, and local information from authorities when available.
Google says users geographically close to the crisis may get mobile notifications pointing to information around the incident.

“If you’re outside of the affected area, you may still want information about the crisis,” writes Google’s VP of engineering, Yossi Matias on the Google Search blog post covering the announcement, “Searches for relevant terms (like the name of the event or the location) will also show an SOS Alert that provides a timely overview of the situation, in addition to features such as donation opportunities.”
The SOS Alerts will

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New Google Alert widget saves us from repeatedly Googling ourselves

Google just saved users who can’t stop Googling themselves a whole lot of time.
Now, if you Google your name while logged into your Google account, a “Stay in the loop” widget will appear at the bottom of the first page of search results. (For it to display, you must have allowed Google to save your web and app activity in your user account settings.)
The new feature lets users sign up to receive a Google Alert when their name is mentioned online.

Clicking on the “Stay in the loop” link will return a Google Alerts setup form with your name in quotation marks and options to control the frequency and level of alerts.
The “Stay in the loop” feature was announced in June, along with other updates to Google’s “My Account” tools on the Official Google Blog, but it didn’t launch until recently. A Search Engine Land editor noticed it last week in his search results, and Venture Beat reported

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