A year ago, I reported in my annual book column that a “little library” had popped up spontaneously here at the Globe. I am happy to report it is growing and offers up a selection that now goes beyond weird sci-fi and slasher novels.But I find myself wanting to push things even further. I have become envious of my friends, many of whom are retired, and the monthly book club meetings they hold in the middle of the day.
Dear Santa,What with Twitter’s expanded character count, I thought about just sending you my Christmas wish list via a tweet — you know, like the president does.But I changed my mind when I saw how vulnerable my message could be to hacking. Some bad things could happen if my list got into the wrong hands. Did you know I found Twitter addresses for several Santas, a long list of Old St. Nicks, a Mrs. Claus and even Rudolph, who has his own followers.
One of my earliest church memories has little to do with either God or the Bible. Instead, its about the back-row pew where my neighbor Ralph McClary sat.Upon arriving on a Sunday morning at Bethany Baptist Church, 3-year-old Carol would slide down the hard bench and sit as close as possible to her friend, Ralph. He always wore bib overalls and for church he would wear his newest and bluest Big Smith's. I would commence then to stare very hard at his top overall pocket.
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".