Have you Googled yourself lately? If you haven’t, you may be surprised by what you find. Nearly 50% of US adults say the results aren’t positive. And that’s not something to be taken lightly. We live in a world where your online reputation can be your strongest asset or your biggest liability. Employers, clients, colleges and customers are increasingly using Google as their sidekick before making important decisions.
Prospective home-buyers everywhere play their part in the courtship dance. They take one look at a house and make a quick judgment call from the curb: “Should we go inside?”Sure, it’s contrived, but it’s the same reason we dress up for our first dates and interviews. You can’t deny the power of a strong first impression. The same is true, of course, for business owners. If buyers don’t like what they see online, they’ll never contact you in the first place.
Picture this: your company has a few bad apples pulling the rest of the team down. Maybe they have toxic personalities that are poisoning the team dynamic, or perhaps they are severely underperforming -- or not showing up at all! Whatever the issue, you’re way beyond the “three strikes and you’re out” rule. Eventually you just say enough is enough, and you fire them. Your disgruntled ex-employees rant about it to their friends and family, spinning the narrative however they please.
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".