If there were an Orange County phrasebook for travellers, it might start with "Do you validate?" As a transit riding Vancouverite, “valeting” is a new verb in my travel lexicon but after two days in Orange County, I’m just about fluent in the practice. Even more satisfying? Scoring sweet, free, parking validation. The O.C. is new to me, but thanks to pop culture, not wholly unfamiliar.
It’s almost a Canadian rite of passage: the family trip to Disneyland. Brace for impact, just like the waves that break over Huntington Beach, you’re in for a swell of fun. Mickey ears, princesses, mouthwatering churros and attractions - both high-tech and kitsch – are the stuff of Disney magic. Disney may lead you to Orange County, but what to do with the rest of your visit? Simple: A-B-C, easy as 1-2-3. Disney is located in Anaheim, so there’s a good chance you’re staying in close proximity.
The first time I ever visited Whistler, I was a non-skier. Surrounded by locals dressed in performance athletic wear and gap-year Aussies in oversized neon parkas, I felt like a sheep in wolf’s clothing. It wasn’t a matter of if I’d be found out, but when. So rather than admit my status as a Canadian-born non-skier, I fashioned the perfect excuse: “It sucks man, but I’m still recovering from a torn ACL. I gotta sit this visit out.”I was showered with equal parts sympathy and pity.
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".