I was just reading a post on LinkedIn about how different generations in the workplace communicate – or not.
I didn’t finish it. It got really long, and I admit, I lost interest. In the comments (sometimes I like them better than the post) there was criticism of improper contractions and spelling. Nitpicky? Maybe. But not wrong.
One commenter – an intern – bashed those concerned about writing quality. He suggested the mistakes were intentional and reflected the way a younger person would speak. This is the internet, he said, get used to it. He added the day the word ain’t was added to the dictionary, the English language died.
I think he was saying if we are too concerned about quality, we might miss out on great content. I know I’m not the only one who thinks that to be taken seriously, you can’t have one without the other. And I don’t believe the English language is dead.
These days, anyone can publish, but it doesn’t mean they should.
At least use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling when using a professional networking site.