A few days before we left Maine, we got word that my cousin Alan was dying in a Cape Cod hospital. My immediate response was a desire to drive to the hospital so Alan would not die alone. He was probably the loneliest person I’ve ever known. Alan was born to Auntie Margaret and Uncle Arthur when they were in their 40s, and hadn’t the vaguest notion of how to raise a son. They adored him; their goal was to protect him from the niggling realities of everyday life.
No matter how much we enjoy being in Maine, we sure look forward to being home. After all the views of pine trees and open ocean, and the ins and outs of the lobster boats, I long to be in my Greenbrae patio again, enjoying the pots full of geraniums and daisies, and the constant traffic through our line up of bird houses. Home! Home! After four weeks away it has a magic pull.
With three weeks to spend before beginning our annual vacation in Five Islands Maine, we elected to go to Prince Edward Island, a Canadian province north of New Brunswick. We drove across the open waters on a five-mile causeway and were immediately in a peaceful territory, where 25 percent of Canada’s potatoes are grown and visitors come to eat tons of mussels that are caught offshore.
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".