Here at the Insurance Tech Insider, we’re good at many things. We write good. We cover the hottest insurance trends and technologies like champions. And – if we may be so bold – we’re all ridiculously good looking. But we suck something awful in one area – we can’t math. Seriously…we couldn’t algebra our way out of a wet paper bag. And you can just flat out forget about calculus. When I asked our staff what calculus was, most of them thought it was the name of the thespian robot from Futurama.
The United States has been practically pummeled with natural disasters of the past few months. It started in August, when Hurricane Harvey battered Houston and the surrounding areas with intense winds and rain, causing flooding, destroying homes and upsetting many lives in the process. The estimated damage from Harvey – all told – was about $180 billion. But nature wasn’t done with us.
Every time a new disruptive technology gains mainstream adoption and changes the status quo, those that are a bit longer in the tooth will opine about how much harder they had it when they were younger and growing up without it. Simultaneously, the younger folks among us will wonder just how people managed to survive without this technology in their lives. (IE: GAH…I would just DIE without Snapchat. How did people take pictures of their food before this?!)
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".