To get a sense of how deeply the death of activist Heather Heyer in Charlottesville has penetrated the national consciousness, try making sense of this: A Facebook group devoted entirely to the creation of memes that reference the hit ’90s sitcom Seinfeld is tearing itself apart over jokes about her murder. Any attempt to understand the debate must define the function this group is meant to serve.
With a nation appalled by white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and a president unwilling to condemn it, the crackdown is happening at ground level: Nazis are losing their jobs and speaking engagements, CEOs are quitting Trump’s advisory councils (leading to their dissolution), and web companies including Google, GoDaddy, and WordPress are pulling the plug on websites that publish or promote hate speech, potentially crippling racist groups’ ability to organize future rallies.
Lately, when I log onto Facebook, all I see are dudes. I have no idea where they come from or who they are. All I know is that they are dudes, and refer to one another exclusively as such. They appear to have various dudely concerns and curiosities, which they pose in the dudeliest of terms, looking for feedback from fellow dudes. It all began when I snagged an invite to a closed group called “More Dudes: The Renaissance.” I’m currently one of more than 140,000 members.
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".