Social Bite sleep-out in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens will help build homes for the homeless, writes Stephen Jardine. If you want to find more than 8,000 kind-hearted Scots, look no further than Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh tonight. That is the venue for a mass overnight sleep-out to raise funds to tackle homelessness in Scotland. Organised by Social Bite, it’s taking place on one of the coldest nights of the year but that is part of theexperience.
As Edinburgh’s Christmas market shows, alcohol seems to invade almost every aspect of life in Scotland, writes Stephen Jardine. What would you like for Christmas this year? How about some mead beer or a sloe gin hot apple toddy or maybe just a mulled wine? Right now in the centre of Edinburgh, you’d be spoiled for choice.
A sugary drink giveaway by Coca-Cola is ‘last thing children need’ at Christmas, writes Stephen JardineApparently, the holidays are coming. There was a time when Christmas was a good enough term to describe the run-up to the end of the year. Then the Americans got involved. Just as Hallowe’en has now become a US-inspired trick-or-treat fright fest, the festive season is slowly being re-engineered to fit the needs of the giant corporations.
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".