When Katharina Buchler began taking pictures in 1901, she was 25 years old, not long married, and the mother of two very young children. Even so, she was sufficiently smitten with her hobby to find the time to turn part of her grand villa in Braunschweig, near Germany’s Harz Mountains, into a fully equipped darkroom. Photography came naturally to her: a hereditary illness had left her almost completely deaf since childhood and her visual intuition was pronounced.
A stone’s throw from the River Thames in the ragged outreaches of south-east London, where the stalks of derelict wooden landing stages poke upward from the silty deep, the ghost of a 3,000-year-old winged bull with a human head is waiting for its moment. In a few days’ time, it will sail 14 miles upstream to Trafalgar Square, where it will be installed on the Fourth Plinth, home since 1999 to a sequence of temporary public sculptures by artists including Antony Gormley and Rachel Whiteread.
Photobombing, or invading the background of a photograph without the subject's knowledge, was first typed into Google search in 2008. Thanks to several eminent practitioners of the art since (Jennifer Lawrence and the Queen, to name but two), the term became Collins' Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2014. It seems, though, that this now hugely popular stunt has been around far longer than originally thought.
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".