Recently, Congress.gov launched several email alert services that allow you to track federal legislative information.
First, the legislation alert allows you to track action on a particular bill. When viewing a bill in Congress.gov, click on the “Get alerts” link under the title to set up your alert.
Next, you can get an alert when a specific Member of Congress (from the current Congress) has either sponsored or cosponsored legislation. To set up this alert, go to the member’s page and select “Get alerts” from the menu at the far right.
Finally, you can also receive an alert when a new issue of the Congressional Record is available on Congress.gov. To set this up, click on “Get alerts” at the far right on the CR page.
For more information on setting up these alerts, see In Custodia Legis from the Law Librarians of Congress.
A few months ago I posted about how you can search people’s Twitter posts for certain keywords and track future posts with a RSS feed.
Now I’ve learned of a new service called Twilert which allows you to receive such alerts via email. The the advanced options available in the following image.
Now why would you, as a legal professional, care about what people are Twittering about? For the same reason that you should care what they are blogging about: image monitoring; competitive intelligence; return on investment monitoring, and much more. See my earlier post on Google Alerts for additional reasons.
Carol Bannen, Director of Information Resources at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, has compiled a useful list of Tips for Monitoring Cases in the March edition of the Wisconsin Lawyer. She describes a range of publications and alert services which will notify legal practitioners of new cases in their practice areas.