Those who know me personally are laughing and nodding right now. They know it's true. I know it's true. I don't take offense. Maybe it's the years I spent working as a newspaper journalist, when I often had to wonder if I was getting the "real" story. Maybe it's the fact I don't have a lot of patience for people who are mean or who lie or who don't use common sense. Maybe it's the fact I hate believing in someone only to be disappointed. Maybe it's because I am part Italian.
Earlier this year my husband and I decided we could afford to take a vacation with our kids this summer. Even though the girls are older — 20 and 17 to be exact — they seemed excited to take a real trip this year. As a family, we discussed where they would like to go, and finally we decided the Pacific Northwest, specifically Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada and Seattle, Washington. So on May 31, all four of us boarded a plane and headed north for eight, fun-filled days.
One of my older daughter's favorite high school teachers retired this year. She and some of her friends who learned ceramics from this teacher visited her on the last day of school, bringing flowers, cupcakes and sharing many great memories. The teacher called me later to say how touched she was, and how much seeing and talking to her former students meant to her. My younger daughter also had to say goodbye to one of her favorite teachers at the end of this school year.
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".