If you are a traveler, one of the necessities to help ease the way is a good travel agent. I lived without one for a decade and only found a replacement a few months ago. It has made a world of difference to me. If your journeys are more local, however, then there is another specialty you need, and fortunately about 10 years ago I found one. It is a first-class mechanic.
Reflecting on the motorcycle trip I took with my son in early October, there were several memories that will stay for a long time. To begin with, the longest memory I’m going to keep is what an amazing country this is and also the great disposition of its citizens. It’s no surprise, as it has always been that way during our trips, and we’ve taken many over the years. There are very few places in the world that can match the scenery and the emptiness of such a great land.
My son lives in Japan. He has visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were the targets of the atomic bombs dropped to bring a fast but brutal end to WWII. I am perfectly aware of the arguments for and against this act, and the reasons still rage. As a WWII survivor myself, due to no action on my part but rather through my childhood and luck, I nonetheless have a strong interest in the history of the conflict which affected us all so much.
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".