While the origins of the idiom “keep me posted” are not precisely known, the phrase has been around for a long time.
It certainly predates email, the form of communication it is now most frequently used in.
However, its current popularity in written correspondence comes as a direct result of how much easier it is to “keep someone posted” in the modern world. Thanks to technological progress, all it takes to update someone now is to tap some keys and click a button.
You do not have to nail a public order to a post in a town square, bring your written letter to a messenger stationed along a postal route, or even mail your written update at the local post office, as you once did.
What this idiom is now used to mean, is simply “keep me updated about this situation” or “send me regular updates with the latest information about this situation.”
It has become a common expression in professional emails, but it is used so often that it has begun to lose its impact.
If you really want someone to keep you up to date, it is better to use an alternative phrase that expresses more clearly how regularly and soon you expect to be informed about any new developments.
10 Alternative ways to say “keep me posted”
1. Keep me up to date
This alternative phrase can be used more or less interchangeably with “keep me posted.”
However, while “keep me posted” is more vague in terms of what it expects from the person being addressed, “keep me up to date” sets a clear expectation that the person saying it be notified of any changes to a situation as they happen.
Saying “keep me up to date” is a request to always be informed of the most recent developments of a given situation.
2. Please report back to me
This alternative to “keep me posted” implies a power hierarchy. The person being asked to report back is usually under the authority of the person asking to be reported back to.
This phrase is a great one to use for communicating with an employee or a member of a team you manage, because it can easily be made into a highly specific request and leaves little room for ambiguity.
3. Keep me informed of any developments
A request to be kept informed of any developments, much like asking to be kept up to date, is a request to be notified of changes to a given situation as they occur.
While the phrase “keep me posted” is unclear about the circumstances in which the person saying it wants to be given information, “keep me informed of any developments” is a clear request to be told as soon as anything relevant to the subject under discussion happens.
4. Brief me regularly about the situation
This alternative to “keep me posted” also implies a difference in hierarchy between the sender and the recipient of an email.
The phrase “brief me regularly about the situation” should be used by an employer or team manager when speaking to a subordinate. Again, it is a far clearer instruction than “keep me posted”.
5. Notify me of any changes
This alternative to “keep me posted” has a slightly different meaning than the others mentioned in this article.
While the other phrases used ask for some form of future communication, the request to be notified of any changes implies that there only needs to be further contact about the issue at hand if something about it changes.
6. Let me know
A simple and commonly used alternative to “keep me posted,” which has a more direct meaning, is “Let me know.” This is often used when the sender expects an answer from the recipient to a single question, often to do with scheduling.
7. Let me know how it goes
This alternative to “keep me posted” is a request to be informed about how a specific event goes. It should be used to refer to something that has been mentioned earlier in the email.
8. Let me know what you find out
This alternative to “keep me posted” is a specific request to be informed about something the recipient of the email is going to be looking into.
9. Fill me in on the details
While still part of the Consultative Register, this alternative to “keep me posted” could also be considered to belong to the Informal Register and should mostly be used between colleagues who have a comfortable, informal relationship, or between friendly acquaintances.
10. Keep me in the loop
Asking someone to keep you in the loop is fairly similar to asking them to keep you posted, as neither is a request for specific information.
That said, asking to be kept in the loop is just another way of asking to be kept up to date about the developments of an ongoing situation.
When there is no way to know specifically when things will change with the situation under discussion, there is no harm in using a fairly general phrase to express an interest in being kept “in the know” when they do.
Here’s a summary of all “Keep me posted alternatives” that we have seen in this article:
- Keep me up to date
- Please report back to me
- Keep me informed of any developments
- Brief me regularly about the situation
- Notify me of any changes
- Let me know
- Let me know how it goes
- Let me know what you find out
- Fill me in on the details
- Keep me in the loop
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