I’m following up on the last column about fences. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, do an internet search with my name and you’ll find it on the site of the newspaper your reading now. You’ll also find a lot of other people with my name who are much more interesting, so, I’ll say in the interest of our budding relationship, please stay focused on me and I, of course, will stay focused on you! I’m happy to tell you that my fence has been replaced.
Ever since I moved into my house, I’ve known the old, rickety fence that surrounds the backyard would need to be replaced. It was built with 12-inch-wide redwood boards (pickets), which are no longer readily available and are too expensive. It was also built with redwood four-by-four posts, which were the high standard when my fence was constructed. Over the years, the fence was painted or stained a few times. There are faded red and orange-yellow streaks showing in the grain of the wood.
I believe when a relationship reaches a certain point, gift-giving should become more practical. For instance, you may love tennis and you may be in great shape, but there comes a time when the fear of face-planting during a swing makes you hang up your racket. That’s the time when your spouse and family should stop buying you tennis shorts. Maybe a helmet would be a more practical gift. Or, let’s say you like to sit on the back porch and watch the sun go down while you chat with family and friends.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".