Four years ago today Transport for London (TfL) announced all London Underground ticket offices would be shut. It was one of the biggest changes in the history of the Tube and it led to huge protests from unions and about 800 job losses. After a number of strikes London Underground (LU) forced it through. One of the five commitments to Londoners made by LU at the time was that "all Tube stations controlled and staffed while services are operating". Well that promise appears to have been broken.
One year after the Croydon tram derailment and there are still many questions. Many of those who were injured or lost loved ones in the incident find that frustrating. There is also a deep anger among many and a feeling from some that they have been forgotten by Transport for London (TfL). Seven people died when the commuter tram overturned on 9 November 2016. Widow Marilyn Logan told me that she was struggling financially and would not be buying presents for Christmas.
The introduction of the Toxicity charge (T-charge) on Monday means London will again be at the centre of pollution and congestion controls. Transport for London (TfL) thinks it is "the strictest daily emissions standard" in the world. Former London mayor Ken Livingstone introduced the congestion charge in 2003 and the Low Emission Zone in 2008. Now another Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, has started his war on pollution.
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".