Dear all, I was 14 when I first heard the song “Sounds of Silence.” Paul Simon’s lyric, “the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls” always resonated. And so when I saw this graffiti recently, I paused. It made me think. It made me reflect. It made me smile. It made me question. I think we can all use this message. We second-guess ourselves all the time. It’s part of being human. It’s what prevents us from rushing too quickly.
I saw this remnant of a mezuzah (a symbol which appears at the doorway of many Jewish homes) a few days ago. The actual piece had been removed. But its presence made an impact, both physical and emotional. I’ve been thinking about it all week. Whether we realize it or not, our presence makes an impact. Long after we are gone, our soul-print remains. What will that impression be? Will the echo of our lives motivate people toward goodness? Will our imprint help make the world just a little bit better?
Weighing in – offering your two shekels– is not always the easiest thing to do. Your advice may be sound, and you may have the best of intentions. Sometimes you just have an obligation to say something. And sometimes you have to keep your mouth shut. Knowing when to weigh in (or not) in one of life’s most difficult challenges. Here are some guidelines that might offer some help:1) Will our advice make us feel better or will it make the situationbetter?
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".