As you've probably heard, autumn begins tomorrow everywhere in the United States except Arizona, which is still having trouble telling time. I'm not talking about the state's obstinacy about observing Mountain Standard Time all year round (except in its obviously forward-thinking Navajo Nation). I'm talking about the state's allowing you to gab on hand-held phones while driving 85 miles per hour and to enter saloons fully armed.
"People still want and need God," Rev. James Trapp of Sacramento's Spiritual Life Center says. "They just don't want or need the walls. We have to start virtual congregations." It's a doable transition, Trapp says, since his flock "doesn't see the Bible as a literal document. We see it as allegorical. We read the stories and parables and apply a metaphysical interpretation. So why can't we see the church as something that doesn't always need to be literal brick and mortar?
Rev. James Trapp is a respected, even beloved man of God. He also believes fervently, though certainly not to the same extent, in the power of marketing. "That's what we need to do, plain and simple, at SLC, market our message and mission to people we don't usually reach," he says over lunch recently. SLC is Spiritual Life Center, a non-denominational house of worship at 2201 Park Towne Circle ( slcworld.org/).
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".