You, holing up in an illegal rental? Never! At least, that's what I thought before I was kicked out of my own illegal rental when I was, oh, about eight months pregnant. Worst of all, I had no idea my cellar apartment was illegal. That's a horror story for another time, but it has a universal takeaway: Knowing what's legal in your rental market can save you a boatload of trouble in the long run. Laws differ by location, so you can protect yourself by researching the building and its local ordinances.
Have you seen what a garbage dump the Internet has become lately? The news cycle has ranged from dismaying to devastating, and reactions from a surprising amount of my fellow Americans have been uglier and less compassionate than any time I can remember, including post-9/11. If people making Internet comments were at a party or a bar, I’d leave and never return, but they’re in a machine in my pocket and they don’t stop and I can’t turn away for long.
On Sept. 1, 2016, my lifelong dream came true: I bought a house. With land. And apple trees. And a pond. And I did it without a full-time job. As proud as I am of this accomplishment, I still can't believe it really happened. Even while curled up next to the cozy fireplace in this house, 80 miles north of New York City, I've wondered to myself, “Don’t they know I don’t have a job?”Granted, I do work, as a freelance writer.
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".