When Britain decided to leave the European Union, many were concerned that an isolated, lonely nation would result. Actually, Britain already has a major loneliness problem with 9 million people often or always feeling lonely. Japan, a country with one of the oldest average populations, has been fraught by frayed families, declining birth rates and extreme isolation of the elderly. In fact, a new industry of cleaning out apartments when remains are discovered has emerged.
Next week I will be meeting my daughter and we will embark on a much anticipated African safari adventure. Our itinerary includes spending Christmas in Kenya at Giraffe Manor, and indeed it will seem strange to celebrate in an area so unlike Connecticut and in temperatures of 85 degrees.
“Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.” — Ella Wheeler WilcoxIf you, like me, find the recent news so disheartening, you purposefully look for reasons to laugh. Well, you will be encouraged to learn that laughter is actually good for your health. My personal trick to ending the day feeling good is to listen to the pre-recorded opening monologue of Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show.” It invariably sends me off to sleep, smiling into my pillow.
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".