As the thick grey mist begins to swirl around me, clinging to the large boulders and hanging loosely over the patches of heather and scrubland dotted between the rock, I’m starting to lose track of those ahead of me. It’s not yet five in the evening, but my eyes are already struggling in the twilight, shapes appearing and disappearing as the light plays tricks on me.
Durham’s streets are rarely busy on chilly autumn nights. Tonight, though, the UK’s biggest light festival, Lumiere Durham, has drawn thousands of well-wrapped people to the north-eastern city. Under normal circumstances I’d be able to stride uphill to Palace Green, the lawn between Durham Cathedral and the motte and bailey fortress that’s now part of Durham University, in just a couple of minutes. Not today.
The Great Dane is looking nervous. If there was space on the boat for him to pace around, that’s what he’d be doing. But the surf-soaked wooden bench seat provides barely enough room for his stately behind. His eyes race back and forth across the approaching shoreline as the little panga makes one of its regular high-speed approaches, skimming the Pacific swell, gunning for the white-sand beach with what, to the uninitiated, looks like a suicide landing.
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".