Stationers Park, Finsbury Park, Ally Pally, the Heath. Now we have a small, white, curly dog, these are our new check-in points, twice a day. Watching what appears to be a mad, farty lamb chase pigeons until she’s tired; then rolling back home again, for tea. Twice a day round the park. It’s lovely. While on these walks, I have noticed that the parks are dominated by one kind of dog owner.
Every week, I reel anew that this — watching television — is my job. To be paid to stare into the cornucopia, to be some manner of salaried watchman over the revolving door into Wonderland, is to have conducted the blag of all time. Of aaaaaaall time. For I love television, like a sister — or perhaps a sexy uncle, who comes round with fags, and Scotch. I love it both widely and in great volume. The bad stuff is, watched with friends, or on Twitter, a springboard to a billion shared in-jokes.
Facts have it that there are four seasons in the year – spring, summer, autumn and winter. What facts forget is the tiny but important fifth season, which comes between summer and autumn, ie now, and which we are right in the middle of: spider-in-the-face season. It’s not only facts that forget this. I forget, too. Every year. Downstairs in the sweet September morning, cup of tea in hand, open the back door, head to the writing shed, everything to live for, and WHAMMO. Spider in the face.
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".