Despite being a country consisting of more than nine million adults who are always or often lonely, we struggle to talk about how we are lonely or why. It is a taboo subject that most people try to avoid, why don’t we ask our friends and family the outright question, ‘Are you lonely?’. Why don’t we talk about it? Why is admitting your loneliness considered a weakness? Last week, Tracey Crouch was appointed as the UK’s first minister for loneliness.
My name is Lucia Coxon, and I'm studying English at the University of Lincoln. After university, I would love to go into the media industry and ultimately become a radio presenter. My show, Eclectic Pulse, is broadcast fortnightly on Mondays from 8 - 10 pm. The whole point of the show is to play a range of music with no limitations. From musicals to easy listening, to an eighties night, I try to play as much of a variety as I can.
The first year of uni can be difficult for a variety of reasons; being away from home, dealing with money, or just dealing with the stress of adapting to a different kind of work environment. For this reason, it can always be hard for someone feeling this way to return to uni in January after spending around a month back at home with your loved ones. I know from experience that during the Christmas weeks, considering dropping out can cross your mind many times.
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".