"Young people don’t care much for politicians, newspapers or being told what to think," wrote former News of the World editor Andy Coulson in GQ the day after the General Election, without a hint of irony. Still, it was nice to see the one-time spin-man of David Cameron – who was convicted in 2014 for phone-hacking offences – smartening up to the fact that young people don't have much faith in his former industry.
AS I sat on my couch watching in awe at the incredible concert Ariana Grande put on to honour the victims of the Manchester terror attacks a week ago, I wasn’t the only one tweeting away. Former tabloid editor turned professional troll Piers Morgan was tweeting too, and I couldn’t help but chuckle as 23-year-old Grande gave him a right showing up in the most stylish way.
THE trial of legendary US entertainer Bill Cosby begins tomorrow and I’m dreading it. Social media will be awash with theories, opinions and the harshest judgements you’ll ever read. The women alleging sexual assault against Cosby will face their own trial by social media; focus will be on their behaviour, their motivations, their culpability, and much less on questions of alleged wrongdoing on Cosby’s part. Thankfully, most of us believe in the principle of innocent until proven guilty.
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".