This was me, and it might be you. Monday to Friday with young kids, every day's a scramble. Wake them, help them get dressed, put out brekkie, skim-read the paper, clean up, brush teeth, rush out the door, into the car and off to childcare, then school, then arrive at work to take a deep breath. As my wife and I shepherded our kids through this frantic daily routine, we knew this wasn't what anyone would call "quality time".
What do the ACT Brumbies have to do to win you back? Fewer than 10,000 people watched the Brumbies' play against the Wellington Hurricanes in a quarter-final at Canberra Stadium last weekend. It was a disappointing sight for the club, especially on a night it was welcoming back Christian Lealiifano after battling leukaemia as well as saying goodbye to coach Stephen Larkham. Australian rugby is struggling on and off the field.
Assuming the people in charge of Super Rugby aren't complete idiots, the Brumbies will survive. So then what? You'd think we'd be used to existential threat by now. Almost since the ACT Brumbies were born, Australian rugby powerbrokers have speculated - especially in earshot of Sydney journalists - the Brumbies were wasted on Canberra when there was supposedly more money to be made in Perth or Melbourne.
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".