I’ve played in rock bands since I was in junior high school. Peter Frampton was all the rage when I started playing drums. The girls would play “Frampton Comes Alive” over and over in the junior high cafeteria. Some friends and I got together and learned “Do You Feel Like We Do?” – hoping to impress the ladies. We didn’t. But we had fun. We stuck with it, and by our senior year in high school, we were playing in bars.
My favorite line of the day came from York College student Bryce Kruger. “What does LinkedIn offer? When you connect with somebody, what happens?” he asked. “Nothing!”The crowd in the college’s Willman Business Center auditorium laughed. But Bryce and his team had a business startup idea, Connectant, that would help people put those social media contacts to practical use.
From where I was sitting in the auditorium Thursday evening, behind the seven young men in the front row, it was hard to tell if the message was getting through. I couldn’t see young men's faces as they were lectured by police officers, prosecutors, pastors and social service providers, but their body language suggested they weren’t getting it – or they were too cool to let on that they were. Some of them sat back in their chairs or slouched.
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".