A Utah man has fed more than 120 people, several of them homeless, using Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Pass. Telling his story on his website, Random Acts of Pasta, Matt Tribe says he was reading usatoday.com when he found Bruce Horovitz's article, "Olive Garden: $100 for 7 weeks of pasta." The story outlined the Italian restaurant chain's limited-edition offer, which allowed recipients to eat unlimited pasta dishes for seven weeks.
They've inspired a hot exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. They hobnob by the thousands nationwide — 10,000 this summer in New York, with 6,000 converging on Atlanta this weekend. They hunt and haggle and hand over up to $30,000 at auction. Ex-NBA player Michael Jordan is their guru. Whichever way you kick it, it's time to take a closer look at sneakerheads, aka consumers totally consumed with the buying, selling, re-buying, reselling and publicizing of sneakers.
As any long-timer will tell you, there's freelancing in theory (Set your schedule! Choose your clients! ) and there's freelancing in practice (Wait for payment! Get assignments haphazardly!). So, let’s get real for a minute. Job posting sites can be frustrating. Depending on supply and demand, you can put a lot out there without getting a lot back. However, it's important to cast a wide net when first starting out as a freelancer, especially before you have connections in your field.
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".