When I first saw an ABC News headline earlier this week which read, ‘Girl Scouts Warn Parents About forcing Kids to Hug Relatives for the Holidays,’ I honestly thought it was for health reasons. Perhaps grandma is susceptible to pneumonia? Perhaps your great aunt can’t get sick because they are going through chemotherapy? Maybe granddad suffers from such bad arthritis that it would hurt him to even be gently touched on the arm by your little girl?
First, I want to tell you that I’m not mad at you. Not one little bit. I want to give you a little background from my family’s side of things. For the last three weeks, my son, who is five, the same age as your son, has come home from senior kindergarten, telling both his father and myself that your little one has been punching him in the stomach.
I’ll admit, I’m not a good loser. Nor am I a good winner. I once—maybe twice—threw my backgammon board across the room, after losing. When my family went bowling, I got so angry at myself for not getting a strike that I literally fell to the floor, swearing. When I win? I have an annoying happy dance. I love to win so much, that even if I defeat my five-year-old at Connect Four, I can’t help but sing-song, ‘I won! I won! I won! You lose! You lose!’Don’t worry.
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".