Like so many little girls, I spent countless days of my childhood playing dress up and imagining my future wedding day. I wanted the whole deal: the big poofy dress, the singing birds, and of course, the handsome Prince Charming. I can still remember my mother telling me that “a wedding and a marriage are two different things,” but I wasn’t really listening — I was too busy getting lost in my pretend world of fairy tale storylines and happy endings.
My oldest son is in the 2nd grade and is just now beginning to experience the nuances of friendships that aren’t hyper-supervised by moms at playdates. Recently, he told me about a boy who was making something of a habit out of hitting another boy with his reading folder every time the teacher isn’t looking. “And what did you do about it?” I asked him. He told me that it made him angry to see his friend hurting another kid and that he told him as much.
In the last few months, there has been a lot of talk in my house about body autonomy and what it means for kids, adults, and even babies. My husband and I firmly believe that if our kids don’t want to hug or kiss a relative, then they don’t have to. If our baby is obviously fussy, then she doesn’t need to be passed around to all the aunties. For us, this conversation of consent extends all the way to how my children dress.
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".