My house is a house full of people with debilitating seasonal allergies. Between my kids and I, we keep the makers of Zyrtec and Flonase in business between the months of March and August. Just today, both of my kids woke up with scratching throats and a bit of a cough. While this is pretty common during allergy season thanks to post-nasal drip, I thought it might also be a cold, given how fast the symptoms manifested. But what's the difference between seasonal allergies and a cold?
Babies are pretty irresistible. They're just so smushy and adorable, it's only natural to shower them with tons of affection and love. For many of us, that means kissing. I know I still can't pass my children without a kiss to the cheek or the head — it's as instinctual as breathing for me — and I plastered my babies with kisses. But is that OK? Is it safe to kiss your baby on the lips? As it turns out, kissing a baby on the lips can be very dangerous.
I remember going to a sleepover at my cousin's house when I was about five years old. We'd just taken our baths and started settling in for the evening when I realized my cousin hadn't put on any knickers. I was aghast. How on earth could you sleep without your bits covered? In her infinite 7-year-old wisdom, she told me, "Mom says, 'sometimes you just gotta air it out.'" Air what out? I thought. It turns out, there is a lot of conflicting information out there.
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".