It can be helpful to look for consumer reviews of products and services before you try them for the first time, but remember to consider the source of those reviews. If you don’t, you could find yourself jumping into something based on biased information. The Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlement last week with two brothers who were accused of deceiving consumers by directing them to review websites that claimed to be independent but were not.
We’ve been hearing for years how Social Security might not have enough money in the future to pay everyone all of the benefits they have earned and watched as senior citizens who already are collecting have scraped by on meager cost-of-living increases in their monthly allotments. The government would have more dough to spread around if it would stop paying people who make claims under multiple Social Security numbers. Some payments kept rolling in even after the double-dippers died.
I’ve written many times about how scammers like to pounce on major news events, dreaming up twisted schemes to cash in on the misfortune of those harmed by natural disasters, health scares, violence and so on. Sometimes, though, unfortunate situations spark an immense amount of good will, too, which often doesn’t get the publicity it deserves. That’s happening right now following the closing of the Alfred Angelo bridal shops.
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".