In just a few short days Google Reader will die, meaning the key functionality of Google Alerts will go away with it. Because of this we’ve praised the cool social monitoring and Google Alerts alternative Mention. The service does a far better job finding who is writing about you across the web than Google Alerts ever did, but their high entry price was always a concern. That has changed as they have added a $6.99 plan that allows for 5 search terms per month. Sadly they have downgraded their free plan to only two search terms per month. Read more about how we use their service here and rejoice that you can probably spend a few dollars less a month managing your alerts and targeting other groups.