There is an enormous amount of speculation flying around about why Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. Some of it understandable, some of it fairly wild. Was the nerve agent attack really sanctioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin? Or has he lost some control over factions in the Kremlin? And what is more terrifying? Is it meant as a chilling message to those who "betray" Russia in London and even Washington?
The Russian presidential election campaign is entering its final days. The nation is being widely blamed for attacking a former spy in England with a nerve agent, the only candidate who can win the vote — Vladimir Putin — is promising to send a mission to Mars, and the country's biggest independent pollster is not publishing its research because it fears being shut down. Yes, by Australian standards, that all sounds a bit bizarre.
Many young Russians will be cheering after this weekend's election, when Vladimir Putin is reconfirmed as the country's President. It's often said, but hard to actually verify, that those in the 18- to 24-year-old age bracket are among his strongest supporters. They can barely remember a world where Mr Putin wasn't a national figure and are constantly warned by their parents about the chaotic period that gripped the country during the 1990s. There are of course some obvious contradictions.
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".