Twitter, like it or not can be useful grammar tool.
I don’t know about you, but when I think about Twitter I think of how limited space is for each tweet.
Of course, the point of Twitter is, to get lots of information out there, quickly. The limit is 140 characters, and you will be glad to know that there are a few websites who are happy to give you advice about how to use Twitter effectively within the word limit.
I will not be giving you advice regarding word counts, however, I will be pointing you in the direction of two Twitter pages and what they have to offer when it comes to English Grammar.
When you type ‘English Grammar’ in the search section English Grammar @Grammar updates appears and according to their bio they are:
‘The official Twitter page of http://www.englishgrammar.org – Are you up to date with your English grammar? Follow us now to stay posted!’
With a respectable following of 13,000 and having tweeted over 2, 000 times since joining Twitter in 2012, they may not be huge, but they are useful.
Initially, there is not a great deal included within the 140 characters, however, once you click on the links in their tweets you get access to a range of exercises including those in conjunction and prepositions. This is quite an effective tool, as it is a quick way to get information straight to whoever needs it.
Although you can search for English Grammar on the internet and get lots of results, with Twitter, once you look at the bios you can quickly see how many followers the organisations have and how many tweets they do. You can also see related Twitter accounts that may be of interest to you.
Now if type ‘# Grammar’ and Grammarly@Grammarly appears in the results. It is the Twitter page for Grammarly.com which is one of the most popular Grammar sites around. They are one of my favourite sites and I see regular posts being shared for them on Facebook. I am not surprised by the numbers, which speak for themselves. They have 78,000 followers and have sent 19,500 tweets since they joined Twitter in 2009. I would seriously like to be Grammarly when I grow up!
Their bio cleverly reads,
‘Give me your dangling modifiers, your misplaced apostrophes, your comma splices longing to be corrected.’
The site is a one stop shop for those of us who love words. If a foodie is a person who loves food, does that mean that we are ‘wordies’?
Grammarly give tips, advice, using amusing quotes and photos, which are all effective; You are entertained and educated in 140 characters!
Take a look for yourself and maybe let me know what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about who you are following on Twitter and why?
Take care, and hope to see you on Twitter soon, checking out what’s available.