What to do, when some of your relatives disagree with your plans for the future direction of the family? Round them up, imprison them in luxury hotel suites and send a clear message to the rest of your cousins and uncles that they could be next. Don’t forget to ground private jets first, to prevent richer kin escaping. Saturday night’s unprecedented political purge in Saudi Arabia is a naked attempt by the young crown prince to eliminate his rivals and critics, plenty of whom are related to him.
Reading the unredacted Tory dossier is eyebrow-raising, even for those of us who believe we have an expansive worldview. Some of those named in it are sinister, predatory, sleazy and will probably now face investigations. Others are foolish. Others, male and female, have simply engaged in the sort of behaviour that happens in many workplaces around the country between adults who happen to find each other attractive.
When I was an undergraduate, editing our student paper, we ran a front page revealing that Cambridge University admitted fewer black students that year than it did students named White. Fifteen years later, this flashback is prompted by the weekend row over university access. MP David Lammy revealed some gobsmacking facts about admissions at Oxford and Cambridge.
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".