It was the last Tuesday night of October and groups of people were huddled in a cluster of four tables at a cafe. At one table, a widowed mother of two, who lost her 30-year-old husband in a car accident four years earlier, shared with others her thoughts on how unprepared most people are for death. "There is no frank, open discussion on death. It is completely novel to people and it still comes as a shock," said Ms Sherlin Giri, 40, an adjunct lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic.
Ms Eiliyah's former husband sprang a divorce on her in an "ambush" at an HDB void deck. On the pretext of returning her a camera, he called her to come down from her parents' flat, where she had been living temporarily to avoid his emotional and physical abuse. To her surprise, his father and best friend popped out from behind a pillar as he uttered talak - an Arabic word that means to release from or to divorce Ms Eiliyah (not her real name).
When hunting for Christmas gifts last year, Ms Sally Wuu visited a pop-up store at OCBC Centre near Boat Quay. There, the part-time marketing manager spent about $300 on some 20 pouches and mugs emblazoned with lively drawings of animals, among them a flock of prancing flamingos and a herd of curious zebras sniffing at one another.
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".