The B.C. Liberal Party is in search of a new leader and a new vision to try to reform in time to fight the next election in this province. It’s hard to know what the party stands for right now. In her desperate attempt to retain power, former premier Christy Clark offered up a throne speech that so closely mirrored the NDP election platform it was remarkable. Many Liberals were aghast. To many Liberal supporters, what most distinguished the party was that it was not the NDP.
A few days ago I found myself thinking something I never thought I’d consider. An Ernst and Young report commissioned by the former Liberal government painted a pretty bleak picture of ICBC. It indicated if there wasn’t fundamental change in the insurance company our premiums would need to increase by as much as 30 per cent over the next two or three years. Why? Too many accidents and too many millions paid out in legal settlements. So I thought: bring back photo radar.
For days now mainstream media and social media have been full of stories about the Canadian government’s decision to settle a lawsuit with former child soldier and U.S. prisoner Omar Khadr for reportedly $10.5 million and issue an apology. One of the problems with social media is anyone can claim expertise and if one disagrees with a government, or anyone else for that matter it’s easy to accuse and abuse in 140 characters. It’s much harder to make sense of an incredibly complex issue.
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".