Share this article with Google PlusOf all the people at your wedding, you should reasonably expect a classy performance from the best man. The clue is in the job title, after all. Yet, somehow, so many ‘best men’ manage to make a right balls-up of the gig. Metro.co.uk caught up with five guys, all with horrific tales of ghastly groomsman gaffes. The moral of them all? Not my wedding, thank christ. My buddy Ethan was marrying a lovely girl he’d met at a festival.
Share this article with Google PlusAbout a year ago, I started going to church on Sundays. My friends and family were totally gobsmacked. I’d always been such a militant atheist, ever eager to argue the epistemological toss with any hapless god-botherer unlucky enough to sit near me after a few pints. If you’d told me, back then, that less than half of the UK population now consider themselves religious, I’d have cheered. For what it’s worth, I still firmly believe there is no god, no afterlife.
Share this article with Google PlusOur darling mothers have many excellent qualities. Being social media savvy, alas, isn’t one of them. And sure, nobody’s perfect when it comes to online etiquette. But admit it – there’s a special kind of cringe that knots your stomach when you see the old dear sign into Facebook. Again. Like when she starts commenting on everything you’re doing.
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".