This summer, I am getting a formal introduction to "Minecraft," fidget spinners, ninja figures and everything Spider-Man, Batman and "Star Wars." My 7-year-old nephew from Georgia is visiting me for six weeks, and my life will belong to him. That means my summer is pretty much shot. His idea of a great evening is the hot dog, popcorn and Blue Raspberry Icee combo at the movie theater while watching "Cars 3" in 3-D.My friends, most of whom are single or empty-nesters, have abandoned me this summer.
I feel for Sen. Marco Rubio. Like him, I'm a hugger. There are few things more embarrassing than to go in for the big grab and have your target either turn away or just stand there like a mannequin. For me, the humiliation is right up there with that time in high school when my partner walked off the dance floor midway through James Brown's "Get on the Good Foot" because I couldn't follow the beat. But let's get back to hugging. For those of us who enjoy hugging, it's simply an act of endearment.
Anybody interested in a game of make-believe? Let's pretend that all this secrecy surrounding the drafting of the Senate health care bill is a good thing. What if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the small group of Republican leaders who have been meeting behind closed doors to draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act are actually doing what's right for the American people?
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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".