I was an ordinary 16-year-old with no real clue what to do with my life. I didn’t know that I should be a musician or a composer. I am a self-taught guy, but I could already find my way around the piano. Then I got this offer from a rock band, The Hep Stars, who had lost their organ player. So I just slipped into it. I would tell my younger self, just keep on doing what you are doing. You don’t have to worry so much. Take it as it comes and everything will sort itself out.
Mamma Mia, here we go again! Just when we thought we’d heard every important opinion about Brexit, up pops ABBA legend Benny Andersson. For it seems, as well as causing a Prime Ministerial resignation, economic and political confusion, and insecurity for thousands of people across the continent, the Brexit vote has also made our favourite bearded pop star sad. In this week’s Big Issue, Andersson says that the UK leaving the EU ‘is like losing a friend’.
It started with a Tweet. We never thought it would come to this. When Armando Iannucci teased fans by Tweeting: “I have good news later for those asking for Malcolm Tucker on Brexit”, fans were intrigued, excited, thrilled. A good creative sweary rant about Brexit by everyone’s favourite fictional foul-mouthed spin doctor could be just the thing to unite the nation right now. But there was more.
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".