Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah! Ramadan Mubarak! Whether you celebrate with evergreen or Bodhi tree, candelabra, Eid el-Fitur, or a Yule log, the winter holiday season is likely to be filled with gatherings of family and friends, gift exchanges, decorations and traditional feasts. The tips and tricks below are useful reminders for us all, regardless of the mores that surround your holiday.
I recently received an email designed to call my attention to the amount of plastic in our oceans, as well as the plight of marine animals. All valid concerns - but this is a very complex problem. It is extremely difficult to pin the problem on any one individual or group. Is it the packaging? Or is it inherent in the careless discarding? We know there is a problem. And the problem is not contained to the beaches.
Anyone who recycles cardboard at the Transfer Station knows that it is stored, not in a bin, but on the cement. Occasionally, other items are dropped off on top of the cardboard. This is not, generally, best practice as the separation of cardboard "helps with sorting down the road." Now, cardboard and other recyclables, including glass, go in the same container for the trip down the mountain, but "garbage should NEVER go on cardboard."
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".