Christmas shoppers are increasingly avoiding the last-minute dash to the store by going online. However, consumer advocates are warning people against traders touting deals that are too good to be true. Nell - who did not want her full name used - thought she had found the perfect place to shop for her nephews at mybabystore.co.nz, which was the first result to pop up in a Google search for personalised baby gifts.
Wellington's unusually long spell of sunny weather has forced authorities to dip into its storage lakes two months earlier than usual. Usually, summer arrives in Wellington and no-one really notices. But this year, it's been more than just a date on the calendar. There has been days of mid 20°C conditions, with Lower Hutt hitting 31° this afternoon, according to MetService's website.
The minister responsible for Pike River re-entry says further legal action against the mine's boss is unlikely. The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the health and safety regulator's withdrawal of its prosecution of boss Peter Whittall in exchange for more than $3 million in payments to the 29 victims' families was unlawful. WorkSafe chief executive Nicole Rosie said the Supreme Court ruling "clarifies the approach the regulator should have taken, and will take in future".
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".