Every summer in the1980s, there was a garden fête held at Mount Argus church. Cake stalls piled with meringues and apple tarts, bric-a-brac tables with broken lamps and the kind of tea sets everyone wants now. Past the wheel of fortune and the raffle-ticket sellers, my godmother and I always went straight to the bookstall to dig among the paperbacks, but the fête’s centrepiece was a game.
In the kitchen, my daughter is dancing to a song on iTunes. Later, in the shower, her voice carries down the stairs, note-bending impressions of Zara Larsson and Little Mix. My son plays with SoccerStarz figures using various FIFA soundtracks as the background to his match. This has brought Major Lazer and Tune-Yards into his life – a bonus, for me. Every Friday night, he lies in bed, listening to his favourite pop show on the radio.
In March 2014, a post on Kate Bush's website crashed the site, and set the internet alight. Quietly, out of the blue, Bush announced a run of live dates for August of that year. A gig by a singer of her stature would have generated huge interest anyway, but the fact that Bush hadn't played live for 35 years created a frenzy.
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".