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Tweeting in style

In Writing on April 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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Unbeknownst to me, the venerable Economist has a style guide and a Twitter handle dedicated to spreading the word. @econstyleguide has more than 12,000 followers and suggests, “our word is final.”

It’s right up my alley and I want to thank Sierra Vista Herald Publisher Phil Vega for sending it my way.

There have been 1,000 style tweets from the editors of the Economist, including:

  • Journalists often speak of someone’s meteoric rise, forgetting, it seems, that meteors are better known for falling to Earth.
  • “Strategic” is usually meaningless except to tell you that the writer is trying to invest something with a seriousness it does not deserve.
  • If something really is interesting, you probably do not need to say so.
  • Short words: Use them. They are easy to spell and easy to understand. Thus prefer about to approximately, after to following, but to however.

Great, right? Incidentally, the Economist isn’t the only style guide on Twitter. The Chicago Manual of Style is @ChicagoManual and the ubiquitous AP Stylebook is @APStylebook.

You should follow all three and also follow the advice offered there. And what if you offered your Twitter followers something similar? They could even be in the form of a question to followers. Ask them questions of local capitalization and the like. You might get some interesting responses. Your feed needn’t only be used for breaking news and pushing links. Have some fun with it.

Clay

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