It was challenging to be on social media yesterday with the early news of the massacre in Las Vegas and the late-day bulletins about the failing health and then death of musician Tom Petty. Through Facebook and on Twitter, people have been in real and virtual mourning for strangers they’ve never met as well as a southern rocker who provided the soundtrack for their adolescence. Technology is supposed to bring us together but it can also magnify despair.
If only Puerto Rico had a football team. With 3.5 million Americans without power and in misery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the president found some time over the weekend to fulminate about football players who don’t kneel for the national anthem. Managing to get even the typically staid and conservative NFL to attack him, Trump has succeeded in widening divisions in the country instead of healing them, all while Puerto Rico continues to suffer.
After showing an impressive outpouring of love and support for the people of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Americans are facing a major test to see if their generosity extends over the ocean to their fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. Still in the dark after being hammered by Hurricane Maria, the island’s 3.5 million residents face a situation that could make Texas look like a soggy garden party.
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".