Pretty Google Alerts Won't Let Users Switch From HTML To Text Version

Jan 22, 2014 • 8:49 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google AlertsFor those who subscribe to Google Alerts via email, it is hard to not notice the new formatted HTML emails you get for those alerts. Most of my alerts are set up via RSS but I do have some legacy ones I kept just to track the email versions.

The only issue with the launch of the new design is that the text version no longer works.

Here is the new HTML version of the alert, it is indeed nicer to look at:

new HTML Google Alerts

Here is the old HTML version of the alert:

old HTML Google Alerts

Now, when you go to manage your alerts, there is a button to switch to text alerts. But when you click it, it doesn't take and the HTML versions continue.

Text Google Alerts

This was reported in the Google Web Search Help forums but no one has yet to reply about the issue.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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01/22/2014 04:28 pm

need to penalize

Stuart David

01/22/2014 05:05 pm

Love the screencap, Paradox of Choice, good read Barry ;)

Shane Kapil

01/22/2014 05:29 pm

berry, don't you think.. last one was better..

Cao Rainy

01/23/2014 02:09 am

A new change. I used to see the older version.


01/23/2014 07:00 am

But they are still totally broken, right? I assume they are prettier because they did not give up on them? They are going to work again, or just be broken and pretty?

Andy Rathbone

01/23/2014 05:02 pm

Looks like Google has now removed the Switch to Text button, making the HTML version is permanent. Probably Google wanted to track who's clicking which Alert, and Google can't do that with Text alerts.

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