I don’t know about you but it feels like after much excitement about sunshine, we had about five minutes of summer and then it was gone. Already the schools are back, there’s dew on the grounds in the morning and the days of barbecues and G&Ts feel numbered. Then again, that means we get back to red wine, game and plenty of excuses to use food and drink to cheer ourselves up now the summer’s gone.
School holidays, the time of ice creams, picnics and families hunting for day trips to keep the sprogs entertained for the six long weeks they’re at home. For those of us without children, the summer break is a double-edged sword. No school run chaos to contend with, quieter roads, but an influx of children into every other part of life that some of us just aren’t used to.
I tentatively mentioned it last month, but I think it’s now safe to say summer has definitely landed. Yes, most of us have spent some of it complaining about sweaty offices, sunburn and the usual moans, but the high temperatures have also brought summery salads, barbecues galore and plenty of chilled drinks. I’ve got plenty of treats planned for you, most with a summer theme, so you can take advantage of those long balmy evenings testing out top tipples and fun food before it gets cold again.
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".