After a year of far, far, far too much Jane Austen — too many books, too many 200th-anniversary exhibitions, too many radio specials, too many appearances on bank notes and at least 700 hours more Lucy Worsley in a bonnet than our nation needed in an already tragic and difficult year for its people — there is, at last, as 2017 draws to a close, only one more hellish Jane Austen-related public brain fart left to be endured. Mine. Oh yes.
If 2016 was the year when all the best celebrities died, 2017 has been the year when all the ones who survived began to wish that they hadn’t. I’m wondering if instead of doing that thing on New Year’s Eve when images of “those we have lost” are put up on screen with sad music, they’ll instead do a funereal roster of “those we got rid of for allegedly being dodgy”. There’s certainly more of them.
There’s nothing wrong with the odd snowflake, especially in the run-up to Christmas. But when the snowflakes become a blizzard that blows across the land and swamps everything, stops trains, makes normal life impossible, brings all progress and productivity to a halt and turns the world we thought we knew into a nightmarish and unrecognisable place, then snowflakes stop being funny and start being very dangerous indeed.
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".