When you move through those wide-open spaces, the American Dream becomes an awe-inspiring reality. Driving with my family for three weeks this summer through the deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, through canyons floored with sage-brush, joshua trees, sometimes only rocks and dust, I finally got it. I fell hopelessly in love with the US. It's the implacable power of the landscape to resist the imprecations of humanity that does it.
One warm Sunday evening, when I was nearly 11 years old, there was a knock at our front door. My mum answered the door and called to me. As I peered out from behind her, I saw my worst nightmare. Kids. Loads of kids. What seemed like most of my class at school. Kids circling lazily on bikes in the road. Kids holding footballs. Kids with their dogs. I can’t remember which two actually knocked at the door and asked if I was coming out to play, just that there were two.
The annual excitement that is the release of hitherto classified documents from the National Archives is upon us. This year an unusually high number have been withheld by the Cabinet Office. The reason given for continued secrecy is, of course, national security. When, I think we are all asking ourselves, is someone going to start tackling the problem of national insecurity, which is endemic?
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".