Is the glass half empty or is it half full? Does it rain during SXSW every year or do a few downpours stand out in our memories and make it seem like SXSoggy? Recent history — and I mean 2010-2015 — shows us that, while there are more rain-free days than not, it’s prudent to pack a poncho. So, weather nerds, let’s take a closer look. The 10-day long SXSW interactive and music conferences fall on slightly different calendar dates in March each year.
The Sweet 16 of Austin Inno’s Tech Madness has arrived. We’ve logged more than 30,000 votes in this year’s competition. And, despite the volume of voting, there were some razor thin wins in Round 2. Verb edged out the first round’s biggest vote-getter, Localeur, by just a few votes. Olono topped Dindr with a handful of votes and NSS Labs barely topped Square Root.
South By Southwest has always been a place to tell the world that you have arrived. Even when SXSW was just a small music festival, bands used it as a launchpad. The reputation has grown with tech launches. Even though Twitter didn’t launch at SXSW, that’s when it really caught fire. Foursquare uncloaked its location-based app at SXSW in 2009. And many will also recall Meerkat’s activation in 2015, which was followed by its demise a year or so later. And those are just the famous ones.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".