As you read this I will be celebrating an entire year in Ireland. What an adventure it has been. And I have added a lot more than book learning to my life’s experiences. I remember thinking it was a long walk from my wee house to downtown Galway. It’s about a mile and a half, but these days that seems like nothing. I make that trip as many as three times in a day now and it goes to show you, a little walking every day adds up to a lot of progress.
I have never been much of a Facebook fan. It seems every time I set my mind on understanding it, I just get distracted. But I have a greater respect for the power of Facebook after last week. I had planned a few outings for visitors coming here and everything just got complicated. For starters, it was my ex-husband visiting with his twins, who are now 11. As usual it was the unexpected that threw things off. By the second day he'd lost his phone and his credit card and both were needed to rent a car.
A few months ago I met a very nice young man on a bus. His name was Jack. I was headed for a story, he was headed home for the weekend to Clare Island, and we spent the entire trip chatting about our journeys. He was far more mature than his high school years. And he couldn't have been more thrilled with his island life. He said living on Clare Island meant that he had to go to boarding school at about the age of 12 because there were no secondary schools there.
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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
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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".