Q: I am being inundated with calls (with local area code) from various people offering to lower my energy bill. I bit once (my mistake?) and I was on the phone for quite a while holding, and then when finally connected was asked to retrieve my bill in order to share information. I stopped there and have not picked up any more calls. But they continue calling and are actually leaving messages (which is unusual for most sales/marketers). Can you offer insight into these calls?
Q: For months now, I have been inundated with mail addressed to a woman with the same last name as me, but a different first name, although it starts with a J, just like my name. The mailings are coming from all different sources such as companies affiliated with Medicare-related matters (particularly during the change your plan window), and also things like TV or online products or retailers.
Q: One of my goals for the new year is to change a lot of my online passwords so that none are the same and they're more secure. What do you think of "password manager" sites where you store all of your passwords and then you have to remember only one to get in? Or I've read that you like the website www.passwordcake.comWhat do you think is the best option? A: I am not a fan -- and going a step further, I'd discourage anyone from using -- a website that stores any or all of your passwords.
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".