For the nearly 470,000 students from the UK who applied for a place in a British university, Thursday was the most important day of the year. And for those fortunate enough to receive the grades which enable them to start university in September a period of anticipation and excitement has begun. I can say with some authority that going university is truly a life-changing experience.
Coca-Cola – the world’s largest producer of beverages which reportedly serves 1.9 billion drinks in more than 200 countries each day – recently announced that it was going to double the amount of recycled material in their plastic bottles used in the UK from 25% to 50% by 2020. It’s a move that’s long overdue. Particularly when one considers, as the Guardian reports, a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute with the number expected to increase by 20% by 2021.
The controversy over the BBC’s gender pay gap rumbled on last week, mainly as a result of the outrageous anti-Semitism supplied by the (now sacked) Irish Sunday Times columnist, Kevin Myers. In a lengthy diatribe he wrote that two of the highest paid women at the Corporation – Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz – were Jewish and that Jews were not, “generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price”.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".