Seventeen years after Matt Plant left the military, the sites and smells still pop into his head without warning. They're a constant reminder of the unspeakable things he saw on deployment in East Timor. "The pain and the hurt and the destruction got to me at times. You just deal with it and carry on." Plant doesn't call it post-traumatic stress disorder. He just knew something wasn't right.
This week, chief of defence Lieutenant General Tim Keating Tweeted 17 times on topics ranging from the annual rugby fixture between the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, to troop training in Iraq. He posted photos of himself meeting visiting military commanders and geeing up the troops. Showing his social media smarts, he embellished his Tweets with hashtags like #Force4NZ, #Force4good and #IAMKIWI.
As the bullets came flying in from all sides of the Shikari Valley, Trooper James Baldwin instinctively threw himself over the body of the badly wounded friend he was helping. Baldwin's patrol team had been in the thick of the fighting during the Battle of Baghak in Afghanistan's Bamyan province on August 4, 2012. After coming to the aid of fellow patrols, the light armoured vehicle Baldwin was driving was attacked by insurgents who had been hiding in the steep cliffs surrounding them.
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".