‘Tis the season to make lists and resolutions. Let’s go with the flow and explore seven ways to help us improve our connections with each other. 1. Don’t make it personal. By definition, we’re the center of our own worlds, so we tend to assume things are about us. When we don’t like what someone has said to us, we might think that they meant to hurt us. Most of the time, though, it’s about them — they were in a bad mood, they didn’t think a comment would be hurtful, or things just came out wrong.
We love telling stories. We’re captivated by dramatic tales of danger faced, love won and lost, good guys and bad guys. Our brains are hard-wired for story-telling, and for listening to stories. We love stories so much that it’s normal for us to make them up all day long. And stories that give meaning to our experience are the most compelling. No one likes not knowing why something happened or how things fit together.
We work hard. We navigate the challenges of parenting, work, relationships and everything else. We do our best to put forth effort to improve our lives. But so much of what our lives look like is due to pure fortune, good or bad. There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Besides the myriad unseen ways we’re helped by others’ efforts, we’ve all had unearned advantages that have propelled us forward.
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".