I’ll be honest with you. Following the terrible October fires that scorched Sonoma and Napa counties, I’d read plenty of news stories that quoted the area’s winemakers and restaurants pleading for visitors. And I thought those pleas sounded a little ... self-indulgent. People have lost their homes and their lives, I’d thought as I read, from the comfort of my own (unburned) home. Why would I spend money on an expensive meal or bottle when I could give that cash to the Redwood Empire Food Bank?
Twitter officially doubled its character limit for users this week. It said it was answering feedback that it “wasn’t easy enough to tweet.” Alas, not everything in life should be easy. There are some users who do need 280 characters — speakers of long-limbed languages like German, Greenlandic or Armenian, for example. But I haven’t read a single 280-character English tweet to the end, and I’m not alone. The joy of Twitter is the stream — the way it allows you to dip in and out of the news.
Sara Colm at the "Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977-94" exhibit at the Tenderloin Museum on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. A new exhibit honors the Tenderloin Times, the ... moreSara Colm at the "Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977-94" exhibit at the Tenderloin Museum on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. A new exhibit honors the Tenderloin Times, the now-shuttered neighborhood newspaper begun by three homeless men.
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".