Before writing one of my quirky columns, I always have multiple ideas, and my mind becomes a swirling haven for hilarity. Then, usually in the space of an hour or so, it all comes together, and the column is done and submitted. Sometimes I find myself laughing out loud, remembering the scene that prompted me to share it in my column.
If you read my last column, you’ll know I recently traveled to the Washington to pay a surprise visit to my daughter. I returned to OUR beautiful state a week later with wonderful memories, an overly full suitcase and a much thinner wallet. Upon my arrival home, I was greeted — with cold, calculating stares — by my two fur-babies. You’ll recall they tried to convince me they’d been starved and neglected, but one look at their round tummies told me otherwise.
I love to travel, and in my 39 (and holding) years, I have done a lot of it. I’ve taken ocean liners to England, flights to Germany, Alaska and other areas within our great country. I have walked cobblestoned streets existing for hundreds of years and visited cottages and castles. I have experienced a major earthquake, a massive hurricane and two devastating tornadoes. I sailed through each experience unscathed (except for perhaps a bit of a twitch when the skies turn purple).
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".