In 2015, President Barack Obama announced the United States would re-establish ties with Cuba, ending an icy decades-long stalemate between the two countries. Almost at once, our entertainment industry rushed in to capitalize on the new setting. The Fate of the Furious filmed an over-the-top opening car chase on the streets of Havana. The Kardashians paid the country a visit, smartphones and reality TV camera crew in tow. Vanity Fair shot its Rihanna cover there.
A handful of white supremacists no longer have aspirational blue check marks next to their Twitter handles, thanks to a surprise mass de-verification Twitter implemented on Wednesday evening. The digital badge collection took place immediately after the company introduced revamped guidelines for its verification process. “Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement,” wrote Twitter Support. “We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception.
Last week, Twitter temporarily suspended its verification process after it received criticism for giving the blue “verified” check mark to Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who had organized a rally this summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the proposed removal of a monument to Confederate general Robert E. Lee; the rally devolved into clashes between protesters and counterprotesters, leaving one person dead and dozens wounded.
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".