It has been suggested that a victims’ candidate stand against Sinn Fein in the coming West Tyrone by-election. The seat has been vacated by Barry McElduff after his notorious Kingsmill loaf joke. It is unlikely such a candidate will be agreed. The DUP has made cool noises about it, as have the centre parties and the SDLP. The only party that seems keen on the notion is the Ulster Unionist Party, whose leader Robin Swann suggested it. Which is a pity, because it is an excellent proposal.
Far from being grim or unpleasant this week, the weather has been beautiful at points. In Belfast, there were several mornings in which I woke up to see daylight gradually emerge to reveal snow on rooftops or on the distant hills. As the light took form, there was that glorious moment when you begin to see that the sky is cloudless and blue. Last week, I was in the Alps where the weather is often like this. Here, it is rarer but by no means rare.
Three politicians prominent in the Ulster Unionist Party at the time of the Belfast Agreement have unveiled a plan to restore devolution. David Campbell, David McNarry and Michael McGimpsey are proposing that contested political issues be resolved by referendum. The trio, who each played what they describe as “a significant role” in the 1998 talks, believe the public could vote on the issues – gay marriage, abortion and an Irish language act – in the early summer.
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".