According to Wikipedia, fortune telling was first associated with the Romani people. You can predict your future by using a simple pendulum. Picture: PixabayMarchelle Abrahams went in search of the DIY approach to reading one's future. “You will meet a tall, dark stranger!” What is omitted from the statement includes: whether the stranger is handsome; where I will meet him and how will I know he’s not a deranged lunatic?
South Africa's colder months are summer dialled down a notch, so forget tablets and TV and get outdoors, write Marchelle Abrahams and Sacha van Niekerk. Timing is everything in winter. Some days are chillier than others but, overall, we have one of the best winters in the world. This makes it possible to spend a day at a dam or go fishing or zip-lining. In fact, the lower levels of humidity might make it the ideal time of year for some outdoor activities.
Many commended her for being honest and straightforward, while the media ridiculed her, calling her a drunk and bad person. Social media trolls had it in for her - she describes taking a Twitter user to task after his tweet cut to the bone. “No one called me and asked what the real story was. Instead, they sensationalised my story to sell headlines,” she says.
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".