In my Scouting days (more than a few years ago), earning a merit badge meant mastering skills to care for yourself and others, with an emphasis on learning by doing. So I learned to bake a cake, lead a song, splint an injured leg, recognize poison oak, care for a pet and pitch a tent. I can still recite the story that guides the steps to tying a bowline knot. Today, taking care of yourself and your community has gone to a whole new place — cyberspace.
I spent part of last week in Montgomery County, Ohio, the epicenter of the nation’s opioid epidemic. I didn’t hear grating sounds as an EMT zipped up a body bag of yet another opioid overdose victim. I didn’t watch as a gurney was wheeled across a front yard dotted with brightly colored autumn leaves to a waiting ambulance.
The recent resurgence of the years-old #MeToo campaign has women and men around the world chiming in to say that they, too, had experienced harassment and perhaps sexual assault. A generation ago, Anita Hill’s claims of harassment dominated the public conversation for weeks, then disappeared. Nothing changed. Maybe this time we finally have reached a cultural inflection where we say we will no longer tolerate harassment and violence, and mean it?
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".