Early last week, it was reported that the messaging app Telegram is working on raising capital for an audacious blockchain-based ecosystem of services and a network token called TON. Some skeptics have mockingly called this the largest $1.2 billion seed round in history. Others claim that it is a more aggressive version of Kik’s Kin offering this summer. I see what Telegram is attempting to do as thematically a very important next step for the internet.
In the internet of 2017, when something goes terribly wrong, the service provider hosting the content or code can usually turn it off. But the rise of blockchains means that won’t be the case for much longer. One of the most interesting things about blockchains and the global computer superstructure being constructed on top of them is that blockchains can’t forget—unlike the internet services of today. And code running on top of blockchains is nearly impossible to turn off.
The energy around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology stands out as a rare positive growth story among a sea of depressing technology narratives in 2017. This year I wrote two columns about cryptocurrency, detailing in May why it was time for the broader technology community to be spending time understanding what was going on in cryptocurrencies and in July some key questions around the summer ICO boom.
My framework for the role of blockchains in the future of trust in communication (speech/identity/memory), the cost/efficiency tradeoff & and why almost certainly successful apps will in the near future run hybrid centralized/decentralized strategies.
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".