Writer, editor, broadcast journalist and social media consultant/strategist/dogsbody. If you're here, you probably like Twitter, in which case you really should read my book: A Twitter Year: 365 Days in 140 Characters, available from all good bookshops and in click-throughable ebook form.
On Saturday 20 March, 1993, Miranda Richardson was on the brink of true stardom. It was nine days before the Oscars, a few days before voting closed. She was nominated for her role as a betrayed woman in Damage, one of three wildly different characters she’d played in major Oscar films that year, including an IRA terrorist in The Crying Game, and a muted, unfulfilled wife in Enchanted April, for which she’d already won a Golden Globe.
It’s 8am one sunny day and I’m getting ready to leave for work when there’s a knock on the door. ‘Is your husband home?’ One of the builders who have been converting our loft is on the doorstep, his colleague sitting in a truck parked across the road, engine running. ‘Why?’ I ask, feminist hackles rising. ‘Do you want me to move our car?’Ten minutes later I am in the midst of one of the most humiliating moments of my life.
What started as a trickle has since become a tidal wave, with millions of women worldwide now shouting #MeToo. But with every new name that gets drawn into the post-Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, the same question keeps getting asked: how could this have been happening for so long? And why did so many people stay silent?
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".