Fran Lebowitz is an ascerbic 1970s-era New York writer often compared to the sarcastic 1920s vintage humorist Dorothy Parker. Recently, the New York Times featured Lebowitz in one of its regular let’s-ask-celebrities-offbeat-questions feature. “Who would you like to have at a dinner party?” the reporter asked. “Myself,” she replied. “I think I would be perfect. Alone.
Everything about hammers, nails, screwdrivers and saws drove him bonkers after 20 years in the building industry. So he decided to do something different. But what? “I read a book about identifying what you really like do,” he said. “For me, it was traveling and dancing.”After talking to friends and researching possible jobs on the Internet, he discovered that numerous ship companies hire male dance hosts on a contract basis.
Ordinarily, I say yes to anybody who asks me to speak on a business related topic. I feel totally confident giving my so-called words of wisdom on these subjects. About 10 years ago, however, I turned down an opportunity to talk to about 500 individuals attending a professional conference in the Midwest. The reason for my refusal was the topic: packing for business trips. At the time, I had absolutely nothing to say on the subject.
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".