Today’s instalment in the ongoing life lessons in social media pitfalls comes from Scotland. A member of the board of the law society north of the border has apologised for a couple of offensive tweets about the Orange Order. Social media is a sandpit of juvenile behaviour that is best entered into with care — and probably not at all for lawyers. Still, there’s plenty of them willing to take the risk.
Randall Comer is a lawyer in Springfield in Ohio, where he is in the partnership at Martin Browne Hull & Harper. He looks like a fairly common or garden lawyer (check out his website profile photograph if you don’t believe us). Comer must also be a fairly popular sort of cove because in April 2016 he was elected to be the president-elect of the state’s bar association. He took office last July but perhaps the good lawyers of Ohio are now wishing he hadn’t been.
Good morning. “A joke is a very serious thing,” said Winston Churchill (or was it Gary Oldman …?). Media lawyers are certainly taking a defamation tussle over a comedy act very seriously. In the good old days when juries determined defamation claims, defendants could rely on the common sense of their peers. Now judges sit on the vast majority of defamation cases without juries. It will be interesting to see whether the “what’s a lunchbox” brigade has a sense of humour.
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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".