One night in September 1983, when Stanislav Petrov was on duty in a bunker near Moscow, his computer told him that the US had just launched four nuclear missiles at the Soviet Union. He was the duty officer; his job was to watch for nuclear attacks. All it would take was him to pick up the phone. “If I had sent my report up the chain of command, nobody would have said a word against it,” he told the BBC 30 years later.
There are not many feel-good stories at the moment in Syria, which is in its sixth year of civil war. Here’s one. The Syrian national soccer team has somehow made it to the playoffs to qualify for the World Cup to be held next year in Russia. It will play Australia twice in a week, starting today (Oct. 5), to determine whether it makes it to the next stage.
In the end, Conor McGregor didn’t brawl. He didn’t wrestle. He didn’t cheat. He came out and boxed with Floyd Mayweather, one of the best to ever do it. And for much of the fight yesterday in Las Vegas, which ended with a victory for Mayweather by technical knockout in the 10th round, McGregor did amazingly well. Much better than almost anyone predicted. In the end, he had his Rocky moment and, even though the novice convincingly lost, McGregor came out bigger from the fight, even in defeat.
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".