If you skimmed my Twitter feed, which is populated by technology critics, policy wonks, and Silicon Valley insiders, you might think our largest tech companies are broadly understood to be fearsome entities, molding the world to their whims with impunity. Glancing at a list of the world’s most valuable companies might reinforce that impression: Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft are ranked one through four, and Facebook is in the top 10.
1. Is YouTube bad for us? By Will Oremus in Slate2. By reverse-engineering energy-burning brown fat, researchers might be on the trail of drugs to treat obesity. By the Salk Institute for Biological Studies3. Smart swarming robots could be our best defense against new weapons from Russia and China. By August Cole and Amir Husain in Defense One4. To fight declining bee (and butterfly) populations, get lazy with your lawn mowing. By Susannah Lerman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst5.
“Connecting the world isn’t always going to be a good thing,” the head of Facebook’s news feed acknowledged this week in an interview with Slate’s technology podcast, If Then. Adam Mosseri, a vice president of product management at Facebook, was responding to allegations in a recent U.N. report that Facebook has fueled hatred of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
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".