Night after night inside Boston’s restaurants, the special requests come pouring in. Customers want a burger without the bun, an omelette without eggs. They want to substitute rice for mashed potatoes. They want their lamb shank well-done and their steak unmarinated, and they want extra sauce. Or no sauce at all. “We [got] a ticket once that said ‘allergic to all sauces,’ ” says Meghann Ward, chef-owner at Tapestry in the Fenway.
For Mike Marre, Monday mornings are the hardest. That’s when the 28-year-old strolls into his Boylston Street office and sidles up to his colleagues to discuss the latest Red Sox or Patriots victory, only to discover that the water-cooler conversation has become once again dominated by talk of dragons, medieval queens, and the happenings in some faraway land called Westeros. “I feel like the dork at the middle school dance,” says Marre, “standing in the back with nothing to talk about.”The reason?
If you’ve cracked a magazine or launched an Internet browser at any point in the past few years, you’re no doubt familiar with the rash of anti-millennial think-pieces, those pointed articles attempting to pin blame on the country’s most despised generation for various perceived societal shortcomings. What you might not know, however, is that such rants have been around for quite some time — as in, dating back to at least the 1300s.
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".