I know it's a cliché. Lots of people vow to lose weight at the start of a new year. Most probably don't follow through. I hope I am not one of them. My goal is to lose 20 pounds or so. It's time. Slowly, like many middle-aged women, my weight has crept up in the past few years. People lose weight for different reasons. Some may simply want to look better. Maybe they are having health issues that could be helped by losing weight. It could be their motivation is a special trip, event or anniversary.
My oldest is hitting another milestone this week: She will celebrate her 21st birthday. And like any other youth, this birthday is a milestone because she can now purchase alcohol (and in Colorado, certain other controlled substances.) I'm not stupid nor am a large bird with my head in the sand. I know this child has imbibed before now. But still, turning 21 brings new opportunities and responsibilities for a young adult and new worries and gray hairs for a parent.
I was standing in Starbucks the other morning, waiting for my triple, non-fat gingerbread latte, no whipped cream, when a mom walked in with two young girls in tow. My best guess is the girls were about 2 and 4, very cute, saying something very excitedly about cake pops. It was really crowded in Starbucks this Saturday morning. I looked up at the mom, and her face was tight. She wasn't exactly frowning, but I could tell she was stressed. She sighed heavily as she made her way to the counter to order.
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".