If you’re going to be a foreigner in the US, being British is about as easy as it gets, except maybe if you consider Canadians. The prejudice we face is minimal; the most offensive thing someone is likely to say to you is that British food sucks, which it largely does. Otherwise, it’s mostly just a lot of lame jokes: ha ha, did you go to Hogwarts, do you know the Queen, do you guys drink tea like, ALL the time?
Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that Facebook had discovered that a Russia-linked “troll farm” had purchased over $100,000 worth of ads on the site during the election. Apart from being grist for the ever-churning Trump/Russia collusion story mill, the incident serves as a reminder that America’s campaign finance laws are extremely fucked, allowing massive and untraceable spending through super PACs, fake corporations, and “dark money” non-profits.
Twitter is very rarely fun, these days. It is a hell site, brimming with racists and Nazis, pedantic mansplainers, Verified Trump Repliers, callouts, pile-ons, the same jokes over and over and over again. Very occasionally, something brings us all together; often, that thing is someone pompous or annoying or genuinely awful showing their ass, or more often their boner.
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".