Writing Tip #7: Social Media Writing Is Different
Writing in social media is different from regular writing. You must remember this. There’s nothing wrong with texting with just your thumbs. It’s fine to use all lowercase letters in tweets and status updates. Feel free to use shortcuts like IMO, LOL, 2nite, and OMG when commenting on blogs. Just be aware that none of these habits are acceptable in formal writing situations. The rise of social media has many bemoaning the end of English as we know it. They view this new means of communication as a threat to traditional English conventions. But that need not be the case as long we understand that context is everything. Know what rules you are violating in an instant message so that you will be able to stick to them when the situation demands it. What is acceptable in a Snapchat often doesn’t belong in academic, business, or published writing. Learn to recognize the difference.
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