On Sept. 21, with a ringing of the Japanese Peace Bell, and a minute of silence, the UN will recognize International Day of Peace. If I’ve ever been aware of this particular recognition, it’s gone in one ear and out the other, as I was surprised to see it pop up on my calendar. I had to Google it. I grew up wrestling with the mere concept of peace. My uber-conservative, fundamentally Christian, Barry-Goldwater-button-wearing grandmother saw to that.
A dollar to help the flood victims of Harvey doesn’t seem like much. I add it to my total, just as I do at the pet store to help homeless pets. Or wherever else I may be. I am rarely, if ever, in a position to write a big fat check. The kind of check that delivers the kind of help I’d like to send — to deliver meaningful amounts of food to the hungry. Healthcare to the sick. Security to a child. Instead, I have to help in tiny increments. A fundraiser here, a donation there.
Some life lessons are best learned through experience. The concepts sound good and are easy enough to understand, but until you’ve truly lived that experience, it doesn’t seem real. A true friend sticks with you through a tough situation. Too much sun can lead to skin cancer. Life’s too short to hate. Until you find yourself alone, receive the diagnosis, or quantify the amount of time you’ve wasted stewing about someone else, it’s hard to truly absorb that meaning.
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".