Searching down into the nether regions of your EPG (electronic programme guide) isn’t always an exercise in resigned futility. Just occasionally there be TV treasures down there, squashed into the wall of listing-blocks a few tiers above repeats of Ninja Warrior on Challenge or Beavers in Vegas on Babestation TV. Take last night. If you hadn’t surfed down the listings you might have missed the fantastic little story told in ITV4’s Stuck on You: The Football Sticker Story.
Thirty-six years ago, ten inmates in Northern Ireland’s Maze prison fasted themselves to death in protest at not being given political-prisoner status by the British government. Last night’s BBC screening of the Bobby Sands documentary 66 Days, which was previously given a limited film release, reopened the whole awful business.
★★★★☆And it was all going so well! For weeks it looked as if the biggest controversy around the reborn The Great British Bake Off was that it was actually all right — maybe, whisper it, better even than before. Then a few rumblings started to creep in. Last week the show was compelled to tweet “make loaf, not war” after viewers got in a tizzy over their millefeuilles about Stacey’s departure and that the finalists were “too boring”.
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".