No, not talking about the elections. Even before that. This is the season of the witch, ghoul, ghost and zombie. Don’t take my word for it. Friday is National Haunted House Day. Of course people have haunted houses. And while some haunted houses are year-round, inadvertent and even unwanted phenomena (think “Amityville Horror” house), others are faux but elaborate affairs designed to scare the living daylights (whatever that means) out of all comers.
The new “Basic Economy” airfares have their advantages, pricewise. But if they’re not well identified, and all the restrictions and possible financial penalties aren’t disclosed, you may wind up feeling like you’ve been victimized. Basic Economy class is one of the new ways airlines can deprive flyers of almost anything but a seat and some air. OK, it’s not that drastic, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Be on the lookout, travelers, for bargains that end up costing you more. They are, as usual, hiding in the small print on conditions of sale of travel products. Near the top of the most-unwanted list are “Basic Economy” airfares and nonrefundable hotel prices. Both have their advantages, pricewise, but if all the restrictions and possible financial penalties aren’t disclosed, you may end up feeling victimized.
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".