OPINION: Bill English's self-proclaimed moral authority is gone – this weekend's count of special votes tells the tale. Jacinda Ardern's star dust has settled. And this morning, as the leaders fly back into Wellington to begin negotiations proper, it is Winston Peters' day. Peters has said he and the NZ First board will not be swayed in their decision-making by personal acrimony, vendettas and the baubles of office.
OPINION: It's not about how you look, we tell our kids. It's about the person you are inside. That's true – but it's an ideal. The reality is, looks matter. Everywhere, every day, to almost everyone of us. Consciously or subconsciously, we judge others on how they present themselves. And we know they judge us. For some, that becomes a debilitating illness – and of course, it's more than just peer pressure.
OPINION: A friend opened his front door to a conservatively-dressed man and woman carrying leaflets, on Saturday morning. They asked, was he tired of corrupt government and ready for a change? Taken aback that any party would door-knock on election day, he asked who they were campaigning for. After a slight pause, the woman responded: they were Jehovah's Witnesses. They took no part in debased earthly politics, instead putting their faith in the Kingdom of Heaven. Now, this ain't heaven.
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".