I’ve been volunteering at my local food bank for seven years now. It’s a bittersweet thing. In many ways I love it: the breadth of people who come through the doors, the languages, stories, colour and experience. But the constancy of the stream of people who can’t afford to buy food, and the monotony of the reasons, is deeply distressing. We live in one of the eighth richest nations in the world, and there are people who can’t afford to eat. Think about what an indictment that is.
At Christmas time the usual excesses of our consumer society become so bloated, if you’re anything like me, you find your conscience pricking a little more regularly than normal. When the temperature is a minus number, and you’ve been out for your second (third, fourth) big dinner of the season, it feels that little bit harder to keep walking when you see someone sitting on the street asking for money.
No political party in Britain can write a winning manifesto, which is why we’ve got a hung parliament. But I can knock up a sure-fire loser of a platform. Try this for size. Make me your Prime Minister and I’ll ensure the British worker will see their real wages shrink for a decade or more. He or she will put in the same hours, but get poorer year on year. My government will ensure decent affordable housing for anyone under 40 without rich parents is as rare as one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets.
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".