As we head into holiday gathering weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a little roundup of great group games that are facilitated by your smart phone or tablet. As much as I love hard copy games, I so appreciate the flexibility of being able to find a new game on your device to play with a group. Most everyone is coming to a gathering with a smart phone anyways, and when including kids, they either use their iPads or share a device with an adult.
I’m captivated by the art of writing memoirs and memory keeping. This likely largely plays into my love of photography and documenting the every day. Facebook memories is one of my favourite features because I love the little glimpses into our family’s past. It can be quite overwhelming, though, to think through and plan to record memories for a family. My motto has become “something is better than nothing” and I work to develop creative ways that we can make these things together.
I love giving gifts but I do not love feeling overwhelmed by stuff after Christmas or spending exorbitant amounts of money before Christmas. I enjoy the idea of being able to give a small thoughtful gift to close friends, neighbours and service workers (teachers, postal workers, etc). With these types of gifts I like to make sure that they don't take up a lot of space, are useful and often that they can be used up.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".