If you think the hot and muggy month of June is a particularly unlikely time to write about New Year’s resolutions, you’ll get no argument from me. But when I learned that the Narrows Center was planning to expand and purchase the building it now occupies, my thoughts drifted back to the cold days of last December. It was then that I abandoned my annual ritual of denouncing New Year’s resolutions.
In politics, you win some battles and you lose others. In the legislative arena, bills are proposed and they either pass or fail. The winners celebrate. The losers lick their wounds and live to fight another day. One such battle was fought last week at the Massachusetts Statehouse. It featured some familiar names and showcased one of the most divisive national issues to float to the top of the political heap in years.
"Let me offer the possibility that the president's TV habits and his executive orders are related." Mike Moran
Now that the slow dripping torture is over, we can all relax and breathe a bit easier, secure in the knowledge that we survived the ordeal. I refer, of course, to the tedious over-analysis of the Trump administration’s first 100 days and the fascination of those in the media to tally up and compare their scorecards.
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".