KICK THE FACEBOOK HABIT IN 5 STEPS Here are my five tips for giving up a Facebook addiction: Uninstall the app This breaks the “see-button-hit-button” habit Also, there is one great reason to use the web-version of FB (see below) ALWAYS log out when you’re done This introduces a little speed-bump to your FB usage, but more importantly it allows you to… … check the number of notifications before you log in Using the web version of FB on your phone means that, before you log in, FB tells you...
WILL BITCOIN’S BUBBLE BURST? As Bitcoin’s value surged well past $10,000 per coin, the media’s default description is “bubble” (usually shortly followed by “burst”)I’m not saying some kind of crash won’t happen, but here are three reasons for a counter-narrative:The software behind Bitcoin includes an automated cap on the total number of coins that can ever be created: 21 million. Currently we’re just over two-thirds of the way there.
Interesting to read plans by the UK Treasury and EU regulators to crack down on the virtual currency Bitcoin. The aim seems to be to extend anti-money laundering regulations to cover the Bitcoin exchanges (these are the websites where you can use your Dollars and Pounds, for example, to buy the “crypto currency”)I’m currently working on a Bitcoin-laundering story, and I have to say, no amount of regulation could have stopped the kind of shenanigans I’ve witnessed.
Oh surprise sur-fucking-prise, Johnson didn't actually mention the £100m figure. So are we going to see corrections by any of the journalists who were so confidently predicting it? No, cos it's too painful to admit you were part of a cynical PR stunt. Jeez.
Someone has said a fairly uninteresting thing about cyber. Which is the cue for multiple PR people to email me, asking if I want to hear their clients saying something even less interesting about cyber.
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".