I posted a month ago that Google had announced that, a month from then, they would start providing a choice between receiving Google Alerts by email or by RSS Feed.
Well, I checked today and they indeed now provide that option. If you go to “Manage Your Alerts,” click “edit,” and then go to “Deliver to” you can switch from email to Feed.
Thanks for the heads up on this one. Can’t believe I haven’t been using this service before now.