Spotify has never been afraid of upsetting the establishment. The Swedish, streaming music pioneer, which has 70 million subscribers and 140 million active users, was for years attacked by musicians for the amount of royalties it pays artists for streams. Radiohead's Thom Yorke famously described it as "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse."
It has been described as the 'dumbest idea in the world', it might be the worst idea in finance, and it looks like it's finally falling out of favour. No, not bitcoin, although the virtual currency (my views on which are clear) also appears to be losing its lustre, as evidenced by its price plunge this week. A backlash is brewing against the theory that has underpinned the past three decades of capitalism - the concept of 'shareholder value'.
It's rife among millennials, apparently, and reportedly as big a problem in that age cohort as drugs and alcohol abuse. Everyone knows someone who won't put down their phone because they are constantly checking their social network of choice. And/or someone who seems to document their entire life on an external internet platform. But social media addiction is not just a problem for individuals. An entire industry is hooked on it, specifically, the biggest platform, Facebook.
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".