On Fridays, Nick Loizides shows up for a meeting. He and 30 or so people gather to report bugs on the software they’re beta-testing, get developer updates, and check each other’s work. Most of them have never met in person and are located around the world. But in these meetings, they talk “face-to-face”, make eye contact, and watch each other’s lips move in real time.
Seth Morabito wasn't expecting to find the job that would change his life while at a conference dressed as an animal, but that's what happened at ConFurence 7: He was a newly-graduated programmer identifying as a raccoon when he saw the furry-friendly ad seeking Unix developers. It was 1996, right in the middle of the dot-com bubble. Morabito, now a 43-year-old software engineer whose furry alter ego is a raccoon named Tilton, was living in Connecticut at the time and feeling restless.
Every Monday, tune in to Fast Company Leadership for a quote to get your week started right. You may take yours French pressed and black on the front porch at 10 a.m., or in the form of a extra large cream-and-sugar creation consumed in rush hour traffic, but the morning cup of coffee is almost always a solitary experience. Whether it’s rushed out the door or sipped in leisure says a lot about your lifestyle.
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".