How are we supposed to think about the swatting incident that left an innocent man dead in the suburbs of Wichita, Kansas? How do we reckon with the reality that the meat of this story - police believe a kid pawning off a trifling Call of Duty bet to an internet troll who prides himself on his ability to fabricate vivid threats to 911 operators - isn't particularly unique or novel?
There is perhaps no better example of a video game working in total concert with its title than Numantian Games' They Are Billions. You are the chairman of a fortified Victorian state nestled in the craggy foothills of a world gone bad. Survival is the only victory, so you prop up alabaster castle walls and recruit clockwork mechs and bronze pyromaniacs to hold the line. The enemy - a hungry nation of zombies rendered in the lumbering Dawn of the Dead sense - offers no quarter.
Honestly, at first I was pretty skeptical of the concept that there was an optimal time to use dating apps and websites to begin with. The whole idea of a "dating day" seemed ginned up by the evil geniuses over at Big Dating App. What better marketing tactic than convincing the world that there's a magic night where all of your swipes come true and nobody gets embarrassed? That said, as someone who's been single for about three years now, I had to give it a shot.
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".