It’s been one hell of a month already for big tech. First, the Equifax mega-leak, and then the news, reported by ProPublica, The Daily Beast and Buzzfeed, respectively—that Facebook, Twitter and Google’s self-serve systems let advertisers directly target people who think “Jews ruin the world,” are interested in keywords like “n**ger” and “wetback,” or that "black people ruin neighborhoods."
The day after New York’s primary election, the city came together and spoke in one voice. Not about our machine-run politics, which most New Yorkers have checked out of, but to condemn Bodega™, a glass box created by two former Google bros to peddle non-perishables like pretzels or pasta or tampons in your apartment lobby, with a camera identifying you and billing your credit card — no need to walk outside or bring your wallet or interact with a human.
Oops! Equifax, one of the big three consumer credit reporting companies, said Thursday that hackers had stolen its data on 143 million Americans, including our Social Security and driver’s license numbers, names, addresses and birthdays and — there’s more! — the account-recovery answers we’ve submitted to sites across the internet, like where you met your spouse, the name of your oldest friend and the color of your first car.
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".