TORONTO — The swaying man stood in front of the convenience store, his head drooping near his knees, a bag of ladies’ jeans in one hand. The pants retailed for $35 a piece, he said, but he’d take $10 for the lot. A prospective customer checked out the bag. The security tags were still on the pants. Plus, he noted, they were too small for his girlfriend. He eyed the salesman, struggling now. “He needs a hit,” he said.
The editor-in-chief of a Toronto newsletter considered too offensive to be delivered by Canada Post will apparently be charged with uttering threats, the result of a rare private prosecution launched by two of his most ardent critics, who have been campaigning to shut the publication down. The charge is the latest in a series of public battles between Your Ward News and anti-hate-speech advocates and government officials.
At his ice cream parlour, Dutch Dreams, in midtown Toronto, Theo Aben can guess a customer’s mood from their choice of flavour. This week, for instance, a gentleman entered and ordered two scoops of cotton candy ice cream. He was feeling excited. Customers who order plain flavours are often deflated. Customers preoccupied with work will order something productive, like espresso ice cream. And the “joyous” ones look for something decadent, maybe with some brownie chunks.
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".