WordPress 4.8 has been released and was named for jazz pianist Bill Evans. Great homage, Matt. Evans is a terrific choice. Fewer jazz artists have been more influential than Bill Evans, having inspired greats like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Brad Mehldau. Allmusic.com describes his style as “introverted, relaxed, lyrical and European.” He was the kind of geeky artist closely followed by conservatory-trained pianists.
Everybody knows that passwords are the keys to your web addresses and must be protected to keep your blogsite safe. But what about the username? How safe should it be from the detection of hackers? When you think about the WordPress username being one half of the equation to “popping” a WordPress site, 50% is a dammed high ratio of error. Why give away half your login? No amount of automated password guessing is going to help hackers break in without knowledge of the username.
For writers, social media is a great way to send thoughts and images to the world in the time it takes to sneeze. If you have something funny, poignant or crucial to share, there will always be someone to read it on social media. What a world we live in, eh? Here is what I told some BC travel writers about social media at the BCATW Travel Writing Symposium over the weekend. Social Media is an excellent way to network with other creative people.
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".