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Korrespondenz auf Englisch - Gewusst wie: Internetrechtschreibung

Schlagwörter: Korrespondenz auf Englisch, Gewusst wie: Internetrechtschreibung

If you access the Internet in any way, you know how the language of cyberspace has changed since Y2K was a scare word. Vendors — as well as the trends they created and the language that went with them — have come and gone. No one uses the acronym PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) anymore, for example. The modern word for this is smartphone. In 2013, our consciousness ( and sometimes our workday ) is filled with new vendors, their offerings, their technologies, and their new vocabulary. Let’s look at some of today’s more common Web terms and clear up the rules for using them.

In 2000, if anyone said he’d be Googling someone, you’d have probably thought he was crazy. Today, Google is a noun, an adjective, and a verb.
n. I looked it up on Google.
adj. I’ve been looking at various Google keywords.
v. We Googled her yesterday to see if we could find out anything about her last job. We spent the morning Googling around to see if we could find out where the company is registered.

Web and Internet
Web is short for World Wide Web, but it’s still a name, just like Internet is a name. There is only one Internet: the Web. Since both of these are names, they are always capitalized. And by the way, you don’t surf the Web, you browse it.

A blog is a Web site that presents journal entries pertaining to a certain theme in reverse chronological order. Visitors to the blog can in this way immediately read the latest the blog’s operator has to say on a particular theme. The word blog itself is a shortening of the expression Web log.
If you’re referring to a specific blog as an item, use a lowercase ‘b’. If the word blog is used as part of a title, e.g., Marian’s Daily Blog, then an uppercase ‘B’ is used because it’s a proper name. You can also use blog as a verb and an adjective.

App is short for application. If you’re referring to more complex software that runs
on a PC, you’d say application, not app. If you’re referring to a small piece of software for a mobile device, you’d say app ( in this context, application would sound really out-of-touch ). App always starts with a lowercase ‘a’ unless it is at the beginning of a sentence or is part of a proper name, e.g., ‘Marian’s Stock Market App’.

These days many words begin with ‘e-’. In English, the ‘e’ is always lowercase unless it is at the beginning of a sentence or part of a proper name. But that hyphen has become a tricky issue. Should you use it, or not?
The hyphen itself is a difficult concept. It is usually used to form new combinations of words in English. As the usage becomes less ‘new’, people begin slowly dropping the hyphen. Eventually it disappears. The problem is that there is no consistent rule.
For example, at this point the word email is so old that it is usually spelled without a hyphen. E-book, on the other hand, is too new for this and is still spelled with a hyphen. This is also the case with e-commerce, e-reader, e-paper, and any number of other ‘e-’ combinations.
Oxford spelling rules recommend spelling email without a hyphen. Spell every other ‘e-’ term with a hyphen.

Facebook and related terminology
Facebook is a proper name. Like Google, it can also be used as an adjective or a verb — and always with an uppercase ‘F’:
I spent the morning Facebooking.
Related Facebook terms are friend and like. These two words can function as nouns or verbs, but are spelled lowercase ( except at the beginning of a sentence ):
Mark friended a few of his colleagues last night.
If you’re happy with our products and services, please like us on Facebook.

Twitter terms
Text you post on Twitter is called a tweet. Twitter is a proper noun, so it is always spelled with an uppercase ‘T’. The word can’t be used as a verb like Facebook and Google, however. For that there’s the word tweet:
Cynthia posts at least ten tweets on Twitter every day.
That’s one of Susan’s tweets.
If you don’t get anywhere with their service hotline, you should tweet about your experience. That is sure to get a response, but there’s no guarantee anything will come of that effort either.

And as a verb:
If you like our products, please tweet about us on Twitter.
Note that tweet is lowercase because it is not a proper noun.
If you regret something you tweeted, it is referred to as a mistweet. A mistweet made while you were drunk is known as a dweet.
If someone likes one of your tweets and reposts it, it’s a retweet, or RT.

People who follow someone on Twitter, or people in that person’s Twitter network, are usually that person’s tweeps. A conversation that occurs between a group of people tweeting with each other at the same time is a tweetup.

Used primarily on Twitter, but you’ll also see it on other services, is the hashtag. Although not actually part of any specific platform, hashtags evolved spontaneously as an end-user solution for finding posts having to do with a specific subject. For example, if people tweeting something about President Obama put #obama somewhere in their messages, then one need only search for that hashtag to see what people are saying about him. Posts using the name Obama without the hash sign # will not, however, come up in the search. So it’s up to the poster to ensure consistency. The best way to do this is to search for tags you think might exist before creating new ones.
You can turn any word in your post into a hashtag with #, or add a specific hashtag to the end of your post.

Schlagwörter: Korrespondenz auf Englisch, Gewusst wie: Internetrechtschreibung

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