I can gratefully report spending much less time on Twitter these days, but Wednesday morning I decided to take a peek, regrettably. Within moments my feed bristled with outrage. What did Metro do now? Another derailment? More falsified track inspection reports? Another round of service cuts? All those negative stories, and many more, have made headlines in recent years, but this latest bit of malfeasance was new. WMATA opened a store!!!
We live in an age when most of us expect that when we summon a ride with our smartphone, the driver is usually a young person picking you up in their personal car. That's certainly the case in Washington, where the number of active taxi drivers has dropped to about 5,000 from its height of 6,500. Meanwhile, there are tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers on the D.C. region's roads.
Former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has a new job — at Uber. He will replace Travis Kalanick as the ride hailing service's top executive. The move comes as Uber tries reshape its image through a package of improvements to boost pay and provide more support for the 600,000 or so Uber drivers.But as Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) from WAMU in Washington, D.C., reports, the company that has kept customers happy with cheap rides is still figuring out how to do the same for drivers.
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".