The holidays were in full bloom Dec. 20 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Lights sparkled among the banyan branches, which turned to snowflakes when guests put on a pair of Selby's special viewing glassesBut the real holiday magic was on the ground as 500 parents and children wandered through the garden during a special preview of the annual Lights and Bloom event.
We all like to think of the end of the year as a joyous and festive period, a time of togetherness and contentment. But, even during the holidays, the best-laid plans can go awry. By the time you bid farewell to your extended family at the end of your Christmas dinner, you might consider it a minor miracle that you made it through in one piece. Over time, though, even the most catastrophic events become part of a shared holiday lore among the ones you love.
If the weather doesn't provide some kind of clue that Christmas is coming, the sparkling displays around Sarasota absolutely make it clear the season is well underway. In our annual search for amazing lights and decorations, we weren't disappointed. The area has rarely been merrier or more sparkly. White lights, rainbow-colored lights, stars, reindeer, you name it ... we saw it on our recent photo safari.
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".