Spelling and Grammar Do Matter Online

At the risk of sounding like a schoolmarm, spelling and grammar DO matter online. Here are four reasons why:

  1. Credibility: Posts with errors can lead the reader to conclude you don’t understand what you are writing about or simply careless, neither of which is a good thing if you reader is ever a current or potential customer or employer.
  2. Readability: Typos and missing words can create a barrier between you and the reader. Instead of “aha!” you might just be getting “huh?”
  3.  Convenience: Part of the reason you communicate online is to reach people. Your recipients may want to pass on your information, online or offline. If your material has errors, they may not copy or share it and have the errors attributed to them.
  4. Posterity: Writing distributed across the Internet lives forever—along with any mistakes they contain. You may not have been thinking about landing the next job when you sent that tweet, but guess who is looking at it now?

Of course, none of this means you can’t sprinkle in the occasional short hand or emoticon, LOL 🙂