Monday, May 3, 2010

Social Communication

Now that you have experienced Twitter, you may find it interesting to read Aliza Sherman's post, How Social Media is Affecting the Way We Speak and Write. Are we more concise? Do you use different spellings? Are we more revealing?


  1. Thank you for sharing the post. I found twitter frustrating at first because I would use too many words. I do believe we will be more concise, but I worry about what is going to happen to spelling correctly. That will be determined in the future.

  2. It's funny, I used to do well not using netspeak, and then I had a job for a while as an IP Relay operator, being the intermediary in internet phone calls from deaf people to others. There, given that speed was of the essence, we were REQUIRED to use certain abbreviations, like "u" and "ur." They had a "universal abbreviation" list we had to stay up-to-date on. I found those abbreviations creeping into all my other online communications, and started making the conscious effort not to do that. Now...with Twitter and FaceBook status posts, they're making a comeback for me. :-)

    Being concise is a skill, and using abbreviations is one way to do that, but I think we also need to make sure we teach our kids when and where that is appropriate. In a Twitter post? Sure! In your final project or paper for school? No!