Siri. Cortana. Alexa. Apart from being virtual assistants, what do these things all have in common? They’re all female names, for pieces of software that are most commonly identified as female. It’s one of those things you likely just accept without thinking – I know I have, most recently while writing about Siri for a feature on iPhone’s 10th anniversary tomorrow.
What follows is a cautionary tale. I’m getting married later this month. This has meant months of shopping for flowers and suits and all the other miscellanea that comes along with a wedding. It’s been a bit of an eye opener, as someone who spends a lot of his life writing about retailers, while mostly avoiding physical stores – but the story I want to tell you today involves my other, considerably better half. After buying her wedding dress, my fiancée took it to a shop in London for alterations.
Twitter has reported revenues of $548m (£426m) for Q1 2017, down eight per cent year-over-year. That was driven by a drop in ad revenues, down 11 per cent to $474m. In spite of that, the company managed to cut down the amount of money it lost during the quarter. It reported net losses of $62m – compared to $80m a year earlier, and $167m in the previous quarter.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".