It was a turbulent take-off when I flew the parental nest. I spent most of the journey to university crying. From the driving seat, my dad remarked that passing cars might think I was en route to prison, not Oxford. But to my petrified teenage self, the two didn't seem so different. Luckily, the melodrama didn't last long. I quickly began to love my independence – from weekends spent slobbing in pyjamas to nights out clubbing when it didn't matter how late I got back.
House prices have posted their highest increase in a single month for six years in May, with valuations driven up by London and the South East. The capital enjoyed a 0.9 per cent increase in prices while the rest of the South East saw home values rise by 0.5 per cent, according to figures from property analysts Hometrack. Prices across the rest of the country averaged a 0.1 per cent rise, taking the national average to a 0.4 per cent increase – the highest monthly jump since May 2007.
It was Harper Lee, in To Kill a Mockingbird, who wrote “You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family – an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ’em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.”She might have been writing about a world a long way away from twenty-first century office politics, but the quote stands true, too, for your workplace colleagues.
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".