I hate opening articles with a question, but this one is uniquely fitting for what we’re about to discuss. So let me ask you: What are you passionate about? Outside of your job, your education, or your internship, what’s one thing you love that you do wholly and specifically just for you? Do you paint? Are you a poet? Do you create ornate dollhouses out of popsicle sticks? Do you race cars? Climb mountains? Are you into designing clothing? Photography? Fly-fishing, perhaps?
If we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard someone brag about how good of a massage they give, but actually turned out to be awful at it, we’d have like, 20 bucks. If you’re the kind of person who hypes up their massage skills but gives one like you have your hands stuck inside a chicken—or you’re just an humble and curious guy looking to do more for your lady after a long day—you should probably keep reading.
If you’re not one for superstitious stuff, I’m gonna have to go ahead and tell you to get the hell out of here right now. You even looking at this story right now—with your blasphemous, non-believing eyes—is potentially bringing me (and de facto, all the teams I love) bad luck. Shoo! Shoo! I’ll wait. OK, fellas, now that those people are gone, let’s talk shop: Sports curses.
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".