You want me to love you. As if it’s that easy. As if I can suddenly change the beating of my heart to be in rhythm with yours. You write words to me. You know I’ll read them. I trace over the syllables, trying to understand a mind I’ll never fully know. Love me, you plead. As if that’s all it takes for me to feel my hands sweat, my head spin, my body melt into yours in this summer heat. You compare me to a flower. I’ve always loved flowers. Their grandeur, their resilience, their beauty.
They come out of nowhere. Snapping the silence so fast, you can’t hide your secrets. They’re out of the bathroom. Printing papers. Eating snacks off the 15th floor, where the vending machines sit. That moment you hear the door squeak, you’re typing. Off that news website. Putting your credit card away. (This is no time to purchase marked-down skirts at Target.) Most of them — the walkers, as you like to call them — are harmless. Engrossed in their own world.
What was on the L train today? Hm…Well, there were the Skrillexes. Minty-dyed pastel weaves. Inflatable plastic surgery lips. Septum rings…Chihuahuas and Pomeranians tucked in collapsible Prada travel bags, with bladders about to burst…Homeless. Singers. Music-listeners. Fidgeter-dancers listening to music, twisting their vinyl, Etsy backpacks into this annoyed woman’s face. Talkers and listeners.
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".