Picture the scene. A long wave is breaking along the line of the beach. Another is rolling in behind it. And another. Meanwhile, the sun is setting to the west, and several surfers are paddling out to ride these roaring swells, silhouetted against the evening sky. Where might this be? Somewhere in Hawaii – perhaps the beaches which decorate the west coast of Maui? France’s Atlantic edge, where the ocean rushes to shore at Biarritz?
As anyone who has ever played Monopoly will know, London has a considerable number of railway stations. Four of them, after all - Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, King's Cross and Marylebone - were available to purchase for £200 each on the original incarnation of the classic board game. If these crucial pieces of transport infrastructure and urban real estate are available at such competitive sums, why, there must be loads of them. And there are.
Airlines have long struggled to keep their passengers' attentions on safety videos. As anyone who has recently boarded a plane will know, most of us - fully familiar with the processes of take-off and landing - all but ignore the pre-flight demonstration, gazing at our phones rather than at the instructions on the seat-back TV, or the cabin crew in the aisles.
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".