New AP Stylebook Covers Facebook And Twitter Usage

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The Associated Press has released its 2010 edition of its Stylebook with a new section focused on social media for the first time and has announced that "website" is now one word.

The new social media guidelines section includes information and policies on using Facebook and Twitter, how journalists can apply them to their work and how to verify sources found through them.

Also included are 42 separate entries on such terms as app, blogs, click-throughs, friend and unfriend, metadata, RSS, search engine optimization, smart phone, trending, widget and wiki.

AP-Stylebook-2010 The AP said the change from "Web site" to "website" was based on increasingly common usage both in print and online.

"In making the change, the Stylebook team considered responses from our staff as well as readers and users of the Stylebook. It was clear that website has become the widely accepted usage," said Darrell Christian, AP editor-at-large.

"We solicited reader suggestions for the new Social Media section and received 237 responses, with a large number of commentators urging us to change to website," he said.

"Web" remains a capitalized proper noun when used as a shortened form of World Wide Web, and e-mail, with the hyphen, remains unchanged for electronic mail, along the lines of similar phrases such as e-book, e-reader and A-list.

New AP Stylebook Covers Facebook And Twitter Usage
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  • Guest

    Website is now just one word? Wow, welcome to the 21st freakin’ century, AP. How about this little gem… Associated Press is now spelled “o-b-s-o-l-e-t-e”.

  • http://www.websitetemplates.bz Website Templates.bz

    Well, the post is good, but most of all I’m grateful for finally knowing that the word “website” is a one word!)))

  • http://weeklyplus.com Whitney

    In copy, should Facebook and Twitter both be capitalized? I’m wondering since, on their site, “facebook” is not capitalized, nor is it capped in their logo. Thanks!

    • http://www.virgilandbeatrice.com Alana Abbott

      Whitney, I just got corrected on this one by an AP editor, because I also assumed they were supposed to be lowercased, due to their logos. If you go to the “About” page on either Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see that the company capitalizes their own name when in text. Silly confusing logos!

      Hope that helps.

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