Dublin: There was a moving scene in the Irish parliament in July. One by one, senators stood to congratulate one of their number, Jerry Buttimer, on his engagement to his partner, Conchobar Ó Laoghaire. Just two years ago, the Cork senator was his party Fine Gael's only openly gay MP. Ten years ago, nobody would have been congratulating him. For half his lifetime, his sexuality was a crime. The scene in the Senate was embarrassing on one level, says Buttimer, 50.
London: London awoke on Saturday to warnings that the attacker who planted a nail bomb on a rush-hour Underground train was still at large, and may strike again. Police are reportedly working on the theory that the bomb detonated by accident and may have been intended to explode in the Westminster Tube station under Parliament House, instead of Parsons Green in south-west London.
London: "There's an old adage in the Conservative Party: he who wields the knife never wears the crown." George Osborne tells me this as an explanation of the power vacuum at the top of British politics at the moment: a prime minister of a minority government, whose credibility was shot in a disastrous election, but whom nobody yet cares to challenge. "People are nervous of being there first," he says, "it's a kind of Mexican stand-off." But the adage could apply to him too, in reverse.
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".