It was a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago when I got a notification that my mate Kate from Secret Blogger’s Business had tagged me in a post on Facebook. A blogger friend of ours Vanessa from Style & Shenanigans had featured a dress in her fashion roundup that week and it was just about the Smaggliest dress Kate had ever seen. She was dead right. I frantically clicked the link, hoping it would tick all my boxes.
You know what? I bloody love the internet. At the risk of sounding like a total twat, I’ve always felt a bit ‘underground’ for lack of a better word. I was never part of the cool people crew. I always liked things no one else really knew about. Musical theatre for example.
‘It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.’ – EpictetusI know this quote is supposed to be comforting when something shitty happens to you but I think it applies to every day as well. You know what’s shit? Getting up every day and going to work. Even if you like your job, we’d all rather sit in the park and eat cheese, wouldn’t we? Or stay in bed with a furry friend and watch Gilmore Girls re-runs. You know what else is shit? Eating salad every day and exercising. It’s hard.
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".