This week I signed up for my last semester of my undergraduate career. As I did so, I couldn’t help thinking about how quickly the last four years have gone, and how much I have grown up and changed since my parents dropped me — wide-eyed and naïve — off on the front steps of Berry Hall. Four years ago, I wasn’t prepared or aware for how much my heart and soul would transform and evolve. I fully intended to dive in to my health science major and never look back.
This year I feel as though I have been thrown in to various experiences that made me feel uncomfortable. These experiences have forced me to work with people that I wasn’t comfortable with and do things I felt awkward doing. I have felt like I have been stumbling blindly through these past few months, getting a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel only every once in a while.
Last weekend I went home to my parents farm just to get away from the ball of stress that is currently my life. I thought I would be able to just curl up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea and really focus all my attention on my graduate school applications. I should have known better. My father and grandfather are in the midst of harvest season. Up at the crack of dawn, and won’t hit the hay until well into the early morning hours.
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".