Once upon a time I was a sharp-dressed man. Just like ZZ Top sang, I even had someone come running just as fast as she could one day when I was a much, much younger man. She was determined to catch up and get my number when she saw me looking so cool in cowboy boots and a leather-trimmed trench coat. (Give me a break: That’s what passed for fashion in the one-horse Western town I grew up in.)
There must be a hundred things you can do hunkered away from a nighttime thunderstorm all alone in a dark bunkhouse meant for a dozen people. You can light your lantern and read, or slip on headphones and play cheerful music, or even just shut your eyes to fade into a dream of someplace brighter, friendlier and altogether less desolate.
Earlier this month, I caught the best concert I’ve ever been to, which is a pretty high bar for a guy who was in the stadium when the Rolling Stones last came to town. The spectacle those rock ‘n’ roll legends put on is going to stay with me forever. But it was a much quieter concert in a dark honky-tonk that drove home the truth that music’s real power is in the connections it makes between people. The revelation came powerfully, but it had whispered to me before.
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".