"Are you getting an estimate for something?" I was chatting with a neighbor in early December. We're lucky enough to live in a neighborhood where folks look out for one another, and he'd seen a carload of young men hanging out near our backyard fence. Nope. We weren't getting the house painted, a new roof or the air conditioner replaced. Apparently, these guys were brazenly casing our home in broad daylight while our neighbor washed his car next door.
Epcot, the Disney park known for inventive food and spectacular displays, is at it again. Visual arts, culinary arts and performing arts are the three pillars supporting the second Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which opened Friday and runs through Feb. 19. "It's bigger, brighter, better than ever," said Melissa Valiquette, vice president of Epcot, in welcoming press to an opening day media event. Last year, festival events only took place on weekends. This year, the fun lasts seven days.
The birdbath in my front yard froze solid — twice — last week. The electronic image of a snowflake flashed on the dashboard of my car when I pulled out of the garage. And I realized I had no idea how to use the defroster. I've never had to turn it on. OK, I know it's January, and that means winter. But my wardrobe wasn't designed for birdbath-freezing temperatures. I'm stuck in those post-holiday doldrums where everything seems a little off. I'm confused and out of sorts, and I'm not alone.
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".