Watching trees topple in Florida this weekend, I was reminded of the fallen tree lying on the lawn of my childhood home. I don’t remember what kind of tree it was. I do recall that it had a majestic brown trunk with graceful branches, bearing gold and orange leaves that turned our sparse yard into a fall paradise. My brothers and I played on it for the first few days until it was hauled away. They had teased me that, finally, I found a tree I could climb.
“I hope you were having a lovely day before this happened,” he said to me with a pleasant smile. “I was having a wonderful day,” I told him honestly, “I am just returning from taking my best friend to a birthday lunch.”I had been driving home, thinking about all the funny stories we had shared, when it happened. One minute I was behind a car at a stoplight and the next I found myself bumping the bumper of that car.
It turns out that for decades my husband has been laundering money. I’ve been warning him for years, “Don’t leave change in the pockets of your pants when you throw them in the washing machine.”If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said those words, we could afford a new washer. Recently, a load of towels was trapped in the machine, and we had no idea what the problem was. We only knew that the door wouldn’t open.
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".