Somerset born and bred, I started out my life on newspapers as a cub reporter on the Central Somerset Gazette with no qualifications and trained and progressed my way up to chief reporter on the Midsomerset Series of Newspapers.
I'm currently employed as the Court, Crime and Special Investigatio...
Type any phrase into Google and it throws up various suggestions while you're still typing. The feature, called autocomplete, can be used as a gauge for the most common searches. So we thought it'd be interesting to find out what people are asking about Somerset's county town. For example, type in 'Is Taunton a' and autocomplete helpfully brings you up a list of the most commonly asked questions.
It can be difficult at the best of times trying to find a place to park your car in Taunton - never mind having to worry about whether or not you have left it in a safe place. Last year, almost 800,000 vehicle-related thefts were reported across the UK, making the crime one of the most well-reported in police records. In the hope of reducing this number, Co-op Insurance has created a tool that displays the number of vehicle crimes in a given area.
Not all that long ago, we ran an article asking traders in East Reach what they thought could be done to boost the area. Almost immediately, we were contacted by readers saying that it wasn't just East Reach that was suffering. So we went for a walk through the town centre, and photographed every single empty shop we found. We know it's not an easy time to be an independent trader.
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".