I’M writing this from the island state of Malta (population roughly the size of Edinburgh). The socket into which I plugged my computer takes a conventional British plug. Cars drive on the left – there are a lot of cars squeezed into the narrow, hilly roads of Valletta, the Maltese capital.
LAST week three things happened that suggest the world – Scotland very much included – has entered a bumpy new economic phase. So fasten your seat belts. First up: that global drop in share prices. Now shares go up and down, as everyone knows. But this was different. For starters, this mini crash came after a long and very unusual period of market stability – a bit like the point where animals go quiet before an earthquake. This made the tumble all that more frightening.
SO farewell Angus Robertson as the SNP’s depute leader. It is typically magnanimous of Angus to retire from this position in order to let Nicola Sturgeon recompose her leadership team. Without a seat of his own, Angus has no power base in the party to bring to the political table. Of course, a rich party like the SNP could have found Angus a serious job in its apparatus and then put him into Holyrood, where it lacks weight among the new generation of MSPs.
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".