I just received this via e-mail:

Thursday, May 29, 2003 — 1:15 PM ET

Dear Breaking News Alerts subscriber:

In an effort to improve the performance of NYTimes.com we’ve
made significant technical improvements to the site and its
e-mail products. During this period we were forced to suspend
the breaking news e-mail alerts that you signed up for, but
I’m happy to report that they’ll be available once again as a
part of our new Times News Tracker subscription service.

Times News Tracker lets you keep tabs on the news and
information that’s relevant to your world with a convenient
set of tools and services. With Times News Tracker you’ll
never miss a story from The New York Times that’s important
to you because you’re in control and you decide the topics to

Here’s what you’ll get as a Times News Tracker subscriber:

-The ability to track up to 10 topics simultaneously

-Your own 90-day archive of articles matching your topic

-Breaking news alerts now available only to News Tracker

Don’t delay! As a charter subscriber you’re eligible to
receive our introductory rate of $19.95 per year and you’ll
receive a $10 gift certificate to the NYT Store along with
your subscription.

Can you say, “Bad timing” boys and girls? I know you can.

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Kathy K says:

    Ba… (chortle) bad ttt… (snicker)

  2. News Tracker was one of the few ways I even bothered with going to the Times’ website. This just means less traffic from TAM (like they’d even notice).

  3. Steven says:

    Bad timing indeed. I just rec’d that one as well.

    Plus, I already get free news alerts from enough other sources that I can’t imagine why I would pay for theirs. Plus, Yahoo has (or had, I stopped using it a whie ago) a similar free service.

  4. James Joyner says:

    Yup. It ain’t like it’s hard to get free news on the web.