Focus on the news that matters most by creating Saved Searches on your News Feed.
Mix and match keywords you need to monitor, filter for even more focus, and review key news items in context.
Creating Saved Searches
1. In the news feed, choose the "Saved Searches" tab.
2. Click on "New Search" to create a search.
3. Name your search (this name will later appear in the "Saved Searches" filter). Then, type in keywords to include or exclude from your search (keep reading to get some expert tips on how to create the best searches).
4. When you're done choosing keywords, click "Save", and head back to the Articles tab. Now, you can click on the "Saved Searches" filter and choose any of the searches you saved to filter your news feed.
Here are some tips on choosing the right keywords to enhance your search:
Tip #1: Adding quotations
Quotations search for exact matches. When you put quotation marks around any words or phrases you enter in the keywords fields, we’ll only show you exact matches for whatever is inside those quotes. For example:
County Fair: Shows you results that contain the word ‘county' and the word ‘fair' — but not necessarily in the order you're looking for (example result: "It's not fair the way the county jail is run.")
“County Fair”: Shows you only the results that contain the exact phrase (example result: "So excited for the county fair!")
Tip #2: Including and excluding keywords
Typically, you’ll want us to find certain keywords for you, but some terms may create noise. In such cases, you can exclude keywords from the search:
For example, you might be interested in following articles around water quality in a local park called Bay Park. Yet there’s a boating facility there called the Bay Park Water Club. To filter out results about the Club, enter that keyword (in quotes!) to exclude it.
Tip #3: Using AND & OR
These little words are actually major players in the game of search; most specifically, in a type of search called a Boolean search. While you have fun figuring out how to pronounce that, we’ll give you the rundown of how you can use it to narrow in on the results you want:
And: Use AND to narrow your results. It’s a bit counterintuitive at first, since we’re used to thinking of ‘and’ as expanding our options. Here, though, if you enter “recycling” AND “trash,” you’re saying: Search for recycling, and search for trash, and only give me results that are matches for both.
It’s like setting up two tests that any results must pass in order to be included.
Or: Use OR to widen your results. Taking the example from above, if you enter “recycling” OR “trash,” you’re saying: Search for recycling, and search for trash, and show me all of the results that you find for each.