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10 “Keep me posted” Alternatives You Wish You Knew Earlier

10 “Keep me posted” Alternatives You Wish You Knew Earlier

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.  

 

Dear Sarah, 

I hope this email finds you well! I will be meeting with Cindy’s parents on Friday, September 27th to discuss how she is settling in at Sandycove Elementary. I would appreciate if you could keep me up to date on her progress between now and then. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Kind regards,

Clive

 

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.

Dear Clarissa, 

 

Thank you for confirming that you are available to attend the auction on Thursday. 

 

Please report back to me afterwards to confirm the purchase of lots #421 and #423. 

 

Looking forward to speaking with you on Thursday.

 

Kind regards, 

 

James 

 

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. 

Dear Ms. Walsh, 

 

I am Ciara’s guidance counsellor at Liberty High and am writing regarding her request for a period of absence from school for medical reasons. This has of course been approved by the principal.

 

I am sorry to hear that Ciara will be needing surgery in the coming days. Please keep me informed of any developments in her treatment, so that the school remains up to date about her condition.

 

Kind regards, 

 

Mr. Murphy 

 

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”. 

Hi Daniela, 

 

Thanks for your notes from the recent meeting with the agency. 

 

I would appreciate it if you could brief me regularly about the situation regarding the two estates on Pearse Street as the negotiations progress.  

 

Best wishes, 

Gemma

 

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. 

Dear Mr. Powers, 

I am reaching out to you because of my upcoming trip to Paris, which I booked through your agency. I have now heard there is an ongoing train strike in France. Will this affect my journey? 

 

Please notify me of any changes to my schedule, if there are any, once you have looked into this.

 

Kind regards, 

David Verity

 

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. 

Hi Hannah, 

 

Thank you for reaching out to me about the upcoming neuroscience conference. I would be happy to attend. 

 

Is it possible for me to purchase a ticket for just one day, or will I have to pay for both days?

 

Let me know. 

 

Cheers,

Samantha

 

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. 

Dear Joanna, 

 

I wanted to say good luck on your presentation today! You will indubitably do great. 

 

Let me know how it goes.

 

Best,

Saramina

 

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. 

Dear Jay, 

 

Many thanks for your recent email explaining your thoughts on the best angle for the article about the history of vegetarian food in New York.

 

I think it makes sense to interview Harry Trube, the CEO of Soulful Vegetables. Let me know what you find out!

 

Best wishes, 

Carla

 

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.

Hi Cindy, 

 

Thanks for your email! I am so happy to hear that the launch party was a success. Do you want to fill me in on the details over coffee sometime this week?

 

Best, 

Laura

 

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. 

Hi Andrew, 

 

I hear you are working out reaching out to the folks at Smart Power about a possible collaboration. 

 

Keep me in the loop; I’ll be interested to hear how things develop. 

 

Kind regards, 

 

Kelly