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

Jan 22, 2014 • 8:49 am | comments (6) by | 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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