QUEENS — Lynn Nevins of Astoria is living a big mystery. She keeps receiving packages in the mail: Items purchased on Amazon that she didn’t order and doesn’t want. It's mostly cheap junk. It’s been going on for about four months. She’s contacted Amazon but hasn’t been able to stop this. “After a number of calls I found out that they were coming from a particular person in California,"Nevins said. "
I did a story involving Tom Chernaik and his girlfriend about ten years ago. He lives on the Upper East Side. Now he’s married to the girlfriend and they have two kids. Times change. But Tom knows where to go for help. More than a year ago he was parked on the Upper East Side - right in front of 1049 Park Ave. If that address doesn’t ring a bell, you’re not a fan of the old Odd Couple TV show with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. That’s the building where Oscar and Felix lived.
I run across a lot of people who like to talk. Often about themselves. You can add one Micah Ainsley Patrick Brown to the list. He’s a software developer. He has some other companies, as well. But we’re interested in him because he owes more than $13,500 to Jeffrey Tome of Manhattan. Jeffrey was designing a video game. Micah signed a contract to do the software developing. Jeffrey paid him $12,000. And Micah decided not to do the work.
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".