Maria and Andrew Coughlin were shopping for starter homes in the Newport area when they decided on a whim to look at house in Tiverton. Maria’s dad, who works in real estate out of state, happened to be in town, and accompanied them on the go-see. He was convinced it was a good buy; the couple agreed, and made an offer. “We ended up here by accident,” says Maria.
I’m not a super handy person, but after two house renovations I’ve learned to push my DIY boundaries especially when it helps keep my budget in check. I’ve gotten pretty good at painting and staining. Put a Sawzall in my hand and I’ll slice up any old barn board. In fact most cosmetic tasks—wallpaper, back splashes, moulding—are pretty easy to conquer; if I can do this stuff chances are most people can. Sometimes, though, our DIY dreams can get a little ahead of our skill sets.
Right as I pulled into the parking lot of Raymour & Flanigan on a recent Monday, my phone lit up with a click bait-y email from Wayfair: “Sofas from $299. Yes, we’re serious.” I had no intention of buying a couch that cheap, but the timing seemed uncanny, and I couldn’t help but look. Because in my world, the inexpensive couch wars had begun. Until recently, I never thought I’d be shopping for furniture at a big-box store or discount website. (Ok, except IKEA.)
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".