Melbourne is a coffee and brunch city. Over my two months living here, I’ve pretty much been inhaling coffee and devouring stacks of pancakes or muesli. Of course, IÂ found a favourite spotÂ to fuel my coffee addiction. That would be True North Cafe, just up the street from my Brunswick home. True North Cafe is a cosy cafe which is perfect for both a coffee-fuelled work session and a boozy meet-up. True to Melbourne fashion, it is also edgy as fuck.
“We should go for a beer one of these days” I look at him confused, and point back at the table where our friends are sitting, throwing back pints like there’s no tomorrow. He follows my gaze and then quickly adds, noticing my confusion “well, not like that.”This short exchange marked the beginning of a month of us hanging out almost everyday. We’d go to exhibitions, and for walks on Hampstead Heath, organise dinner parties and go out clubbing with friends, or sometimes just hang out after work.
The only thing that has been certain this election is that our voting system has passed its expiry date. Let’s face it : the two-party system does not work anymore, apart for Labour and Tory that is. The rise of smaller parties like the Greens and UKIP means that people are increasingly looking for an alternative to the two main parties, but sadly will never get their opinions represented in parliament under this system.
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".