The week before I moved house I was in quite the state. Surrounded by boxes, obsessed by spreadsheets, trying to co-ordinate van drivers, furniture deliveries, cleaners, helpful friends, utilities, packing, unpacking and all the rest, I was losing the ability to think straight. It didn’t help that I was moving on the cheap, because I had the most ginormous deposit on the new place which essentially swallowed up all my allocated moving budget. So it was hello ZipVan and goodbye removal company.
California is my happy place. I first visited San Francisco on my GAP year with Caro – we did all the tourist-y things; visiting Alcatraz, shopping around Union Square, checking out Fisherman’s Wharf, and taking a cable car, before Greyhound-ing across America.
Last week I wrote about focusing on getting my garden straight, because there wasn’t much I could do with my living room until the 8ft sofa standing upright in my hallway was moved. Well, it’s funny how things work out because, about two hours after I wrote that post, my sofa was being hefted through my office window by the two charming Albanian contractors working on the house next door. 1.5hrs, two men, one office sash window removed and replaced, and I have a sofa I can finally sit on.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".