The UK prime minister, Theresa May, said last week that she was “not impressed” with the comments made on social media by the newest member of the board of the Office for Students. She was not alone. Toby Young, a right-wing journalist, was widely criticized for tweets he first claimed were “sophomoric,” then “ill-judged or just plain wrong.” Those posts included references to “hardcore dykes,” “queer as a coot” celebrities and “universally unattractive” working-class students.
MANY YEARS AGO, an obscure website tried to document coastal erosion in California. It wasn’t something that many people outside of that area of study were interested in––no disrespect intended. But in carrying out their photo project, the researchers and the website managed to include an unclear image of a patch of land in Malibu belonging to Barbra Streisand. This needn’t have had much of an impact. And to begin with, it didn’t.
A few years ago, a Twitter user from New Jersey called St. Chris kindly reminded his followers that he was not a Saudi telecommunications company or a shopping mall in Jakarta. After receiving a large number of tweets, mostly in Arabic, and 4,000 new followers, he had realized that having the Twitter handle he wanted—@StC—had a downside. The scenario is far more frustrating if you look at it the other way.
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".