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Social Media and Grammar: What is Appropriate?

The world of online social media creates and supports creativity and spontaneity. However, too much creativity in language usage and mechanics, when it comes to comments or posts on social media websites, can be a bad thing. Liz Hubertz notes on her blog post “The Ultimate Social Media Grammar Guide“, that social communities like those on Twitter or Facebook are governed by unwritten rules of social ettiquette. She writes that from a business perspective, “subject-verb agreement is crucial, and there is a special place in the underworld reserved for brands that substitute numbers for words”. (“OMG, U 2?”)

These “unwritten rules” may be, just that… unwritten. However, in an attempt to gain a foothold as an authority on the topic, Yahoo! has published and released “The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, And Creating Content For The Digital World”. Unfortunately, the vast majority of social media users have not and will not read Yahoo’s style guide. Indeed, when it comes to basic grammar on social media websites, author Debra Donston-Miller notes the 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes on Social Media including things like using an apostrophe to make a noun plural rather than to show possession, using “it’s” as a possessive pronoun, and even things as simple as beginning a sentence with a capital letter and ending it with some kind of punctuation. You know, stuff you learned in first grade!

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