They're out there now, poised, frozen, scanning the gray sky for the slightest movement of a bird just thinking about checking out my bird feeder. Simon and Bluesy, brother and sister tabbies that I have been feeding and trying to befriend ever since they showed up on my doorstep as kitties, expect me to keep feeding them. But if I should be so kind to our feathered friends, too bad for them! I've never been a "cat person," really.
I saw the strangest thing when I was driving through Liberty the other day: at least 40 big black buzzards, all lined up around the top the town’s giant water tower, just sitting there looking. It occurred to me later that maybe they had showed up a few months ago when it appeared that the small Pickens County town was in danger of dying. Money problems had forced the city to either turn over its fire department to the county or do away with its recreation department.
At an undisclosed location somewhere in the woods of Pickens County, Daniel Brazinski taps gently on a spruce guitar top and listens carefully to the tone it produces. Using a compressor and a computerized tuner program, he records the tone and compares it to the tone the guitar back makes. This is high-tech stuff for a man whose passion is down-home music and all-acoustic stringed instruments.
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".