Sometimes the links between apparently unrelated events leap out at you and it all makes sense. Once you’ve made the connection, the conclusion seems obvious. This week, two news items and a conversation with a colleague fused in my mind to create just such a ‘light-bulb’ moment. The first piece of news was the stubborn refusal on both sides of the Atlantic of an apparently robust economy to feed through into wage inflation.
The Bank of England left interest rates at their 300-year low of 0.25% today despite a growing inflationary threat and another warning from Governor Mark Carney that the markets may be too complacent about the cost of borrowing. The most obvious reason for the Bank to draw a line under the last nine years’ emergency monetary policy is the apparent return of inflation. It remains stubbornly above the Bank’s 2% target, this week hitting a five-year high of 2.9%.
They have joined the the local coast guard to intercept boats carrying migrants, preventing them from leaving Libyan shores. The Italian operation is the result of a meeting in Rome on July 26 at which the prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord – one of three competing governments currently present in Libya – met Italian prime minister Paulo Gentiloni and approved the mission.
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".