Is Bad Grammar Costly in Social Media?

This is a guest post written by Jennifer Birch. Jenni is a British writer who’s passionate about PCs and operating systems. Connect with her through Twitter at @WrittenByJenni


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Social media has been great for spreading news, bringing the world together, making new friends, business opportunities and more. For every perk there is also a downside though, one of which has become more apparent over the years. Spelling and grammar has taken a significant hit.

Look through your Twitter and Facebook feeds: how many people use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar? Text speech, auto-correct, bad typing and laziness have lead to an increase in poorly written content on the internet, but as Wise Marketing explains, while social media is essential for customer communication, “writing for it can be tricky to master.” They also supported with Busines2Community’s take on the matter. During the promotion of your brand to the world, bad grammar can and will be costly to the cause.

Reflects poorly on you and your business
Spelling mistakes, even tiny ones, give off the impression that you do not care about the subject in discussion over social media. Which in terms of your business can be very damaging for your career. If you were reading a tweet or a news post on a businesses Facebook page, and you spotted several spelling issues throughout, it gives you the wrong impression. If they can’t be bothered to proof a sentence or paragraph, is that how they treat the product they are selling and their potential customers? It doesn’t leave people with confidence in you.
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Episode Alert Review

I am new to the cord-cutting world. My boyfriend and I just moved to a new apartment, and decided not to get cable. With the quality content and stories of today’s TV shows, I had to find new means of watching my favorites, on my own time. When I found that I was getting overwhelmed with keeping track of new episodes in my head, I began my search.

I wanted some sort of system or service that would keep track of my favorite TV shows. I found Episode Alert. This is really a great website. They have almost every TV show from recent years in their database. They keep track of the seasons, episodes, and even have a quick synopsis for each episode. Best of all, I can check off what shows I’ve watched, and keep track of the episodes I need to watch. When a television show goes to the pasture, like Breaking Bad, The Office, and 30 Rock, you can archive them, and they’re moved to a different area of the page, so you can keep old and new shows separated. Only improvement I could envision would be one that would separate shows that are currently playing, and those that are off-season/on break.

I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I watch 23 TV shows religiously, (though I feel better that none of them are reality shows), and without Episode Alert, I would be totally lost.

Click here to visit Episode Alert.

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Clipboard History

clipboard history

For me, the most invaluable aspect of my computer is the copy/paste function. I mean, the interwebs are amazing and everything, but seriously, if we didn’t have copy/paste, I’d still be working on my middle school homework. The past couple of months, I was thinking about how awesome it would be to have a copy/paste history, so I could go back and paste something that I copied before. A more robust clipboard history. This was such a novel idea to me, I could only imagine the precious milliseconds of my life that would be saved!

I started doing research, and I found a couple of programs that keep your clipboard history, and have hot keys for easy access. My work is PC based, so I downloaded Clipboard History for work. I love it. I don’t know what I ever did without it! I just hold down the Caps Lock Key, and I see my past copies! So simple, but it has made such a difference in my productivity. You don’t even have to use your mouse, which I love. Just hold down the Caps Lock key, and type in the number associated with the previous copy you want to paste in. Don’t like Caps Lock for your hot keys, you can change it to something else in the settings!

For my Mac at home, I downloaded CopyClip. For some reason, the hot keys in this program don’t work for me, so to see my clipboard history, I have to click the paperclip in the menu bar at the top of my screen, choose what I want to copy, and paste it into the document. This is not as fast as the PC program Clipboard History I have at work, but it gets the job done.

Happy copying! Check me out on Google Plus, or on Twitter at @hellocharlottey.

Time Planner App Review

I’m pretty late to the online calendar party, but I now say that I’m quite enthusiastic about it! I don’t like the default Calendar app with IOS, and went searching for a calendar app that would work for me. I found Time Planner, and have been using it religiously ever since!

Time Planner is a gorgeous app, where you can categorize your calendar items. The premium version of this plugin is worth the money, being able to create my own categories was key. I have categories for my different jobs, fitness, social time, volunteering time, me time, etc.

The flagship feature of Time Planner is to learn to manage your time better. When you set a start and end time, the app expects you to stick to it, and also has you put in the actual start and end time when you’re done with a particular event. Once you’ve done this enough times, the app gives you stats on how you’re managing your time, if you’re completing tasks when you planned to, that sort of thing. I can’t say that I’ve found this feature so relevant to me. But I only use this app for meetings and appointments and work, I don’t use it for making myself sit down and try out a new hobby, or work on a personal project. I really should start doing that!

I love Time Planner, and am looking forward to a long, organized future with it!

Ommwriter

ommwriterI’m writing this post using Ommwriter. For you minimalists out there, or those who just appreciate a clean, beautiful program that helps with productivity when writing, try Ommwriter. This program offers a full screen writing experience, with few distractions! The “tool box” only shows up when you hover over it. You have a choice of 3 different backgrounds, pure white, medium gray, and a white/gray with a sparse tree landscape. Ommwriter also comes with different chill music choices to accompany you while working. I swear, if I had this program in college, I would have finished my papers a lot faster, and would have spent a lot less time on Facebook!
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WordCamp Boston!

wordcampI bought my tickets to WordCamp Boston! They’ve recently announced the schedule, and though unfortunately I can only attend on Sunday, it looks like there will be lots of interesting things to learn at this conference. I’m especially looking forward to talks on WordPress security, e-commerce, and blogging tips. I’ve been trying to get more involved in the tech community in Boston, looking forward to attending more conferences like this!

Swell

logoI tried the podcast thing back in the day, it just didn’t do it for me. In theory it is a cool thing, but I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t like listening to the radio, not having control over what I’m listening to, and wasting my time surfing the channels. Needless to say, I’m pretty picky.

Along came Swell! Not sure how I found out about Swell, but I’m happy I did. I hate to compare, but this is like Pandora for podcasts! You choose a category, whatever you want to listen to, news, comedy, business, tech, culture, whatever! If you know of a podcast that you like or want to try, you can even search for it and Swell will play it for you. You can bookmark and thumbs up podcasts, and if you skip a podcast, Swell knows it probably wasn’t your favorite.
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