As a boy growing up in central Ohio, I spent many a summer day at a nearby small town railroad station watching the repeated passing of long trains carrying coal from West Virginia to the steel mills on the Great Lakes. The trains were, it seemed, endlessly long, but they lumbered by at a fast and steady pace, pulled by huge engines that radiated a power that transferred itself from one loaded coal car to the next.
Everybody has an Irma story to tell. It begins with two words: “Never Again.”“Never Again,” say Janet and I who fled early, subjecting ourselves to a 17-hour and 10-minute trip up I-75 to Athens, Georgia, a trip normally taking nine hours, fighting drivers irritated beyond coping abilities, bumper-to-bumper traffic most of the way, clogged rest areas, trouble finding gasoline, subsisting on junk food, and surviving with bodies that, near the end, deteriorated by the mile.
ATHENS, GA — I am here to tell you what it is like to evacuate Fort Myers ahead of Hurricane Irma. It is hell on wheels. My wife Janet, our little dog Beau and I, headed out on Thursday morning after securing motel reservations, on Tuesday in the last motel that took pets with a vacancy in and around Atlanta, or so the lady at the AAA said. She also told us it was a nine and a half hour drive.
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".