AP Stylebook says I can now write “website” instead of “Web site”

The Associated Press Stylebook recently released its new social media guidelines… 42, to be exact.

Now, we can separate “smart phone” as two words, and legally use fan, friend and follow as both nouns and verbs.

My personal favorite, though, is the official change from “Web site” to “website.” When I worked at the Hickory Daily Record as a reporter, that was the one rule I never, EVER broke. I don’t know why that one stuck with me, but I would even go out of my way to correct people who didn’t write it as two words with a capital W. And I hated it. So now, I can breathe a sigh of relief and write it as one word, even though it still feels wrong.

Also, several acronyms used in texting and instant messaging have been defined… ROFL, BRB, G2G and… POS? Now, I know what I thought that meant, but apparently, it stands for “parent over shoulder.”

Other terms now acknowledged by the AP include “trending,” “retweet” and “defriend.” Ha!

The full 2010 AP Stylebook, which includes the new social media guidelines, can be seen on the AP website.

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