Wednesday, June 27, 2012

On the Language of Social Media

A super post @such&such Best ever stuff indeed!
It’s fab! It’s great! It’s just too much! A wicked cool must-read!!!

Have you ever received a tweet (or two) similar to this one?  Are you “guilty” of tweeting something similar yourself?.. 

I am.  I used “great” more often than I should have.  In fact, I should not have used it at all.  When I wrote “great” I meant it.  However, in retrospect, I should have stayed away from the word. 

There’re only this many characters in a tweet.  They shouldn’t be wasted on “fab best ever must-reads.”  Let us not be pushy.  Let us allow others to decide what they must or must not read.  Let us make our tweets more concise.  More meaningful.  More grownup.

Next time I’m tempted to use what seems to be the “norm of social media language” – I’ll think again.

Here’s a link to a great article (oops!) scratch that – simply an article on the topic:

The article is by Porter Anderson. 
The link was tweeted by Jane Friedman. 
Find them on Twitter @Porter_Anderson @JaneFriedman

Live for the Love of it,
The Happy Amateur

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