TOPIC 4: A Need for Good Grammar on Social Media?

There are a variety of social media ethics. What are they? Watch this video to find out more!

Are you guilty of using broken English on your social media?



Bad grammar is a pain in the butt, be it online or offline. People may not see a need in using good Grammer in social media because they think that it is a place whereby it will not affect their work and they can post whatever thing and what they want to say casually.

They are definitely wrong!

The fact is that on social media, words are all you have and people do judge you based on what you write and how you speak.

It has been proven that  using social media frequently such as texting do affects grammar. This is possible as people are so used to talking with their texting language, for example, using “cuz” instead of “because”.  Another issue that are affecting the students negatively is people today does not spell out the words fully while using social media anymore.Well, practice makes perfect. It is not surprising that people are also using text messaging words in their work as well.



By using informal language, people might not understand what message you are trying to bring across to them and it also shows people that you are not professional. Not only that, it would also embarrass your brand, spoiling the reputation and will also loses its credibility.

Here are some examples:







In my opinion, I think that brands are pressurised as they need to market their products by using the same tone as the people, for example, using hashtags, writing with the type of shorthand or internet-speak which is common on social network, but at the same time maintaining their good English. Well, I just found out recently that there is a cafe in Singapore, named ‘YOLO‘, which means “You Only Live Once”. I remember that YOLO was being used commonly among young adults during a period of time. I find it interesting and attractive to have such a name for a cafe. I’m definitely going to check it out soon!

Now, let’s end off with this funny bad grammar video!

References:, (2015). Forbes Welcome. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Nov. 2015].

Harvard Business Review, (2012). I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Nov. 2015]., (2015). Do spelling and grammar matter in social media?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Nov. 2015].


3 thoughts on “TOPIC 4: A Need for Good Grammar on Social Media?

  1. Hello Pearlyn!

    Grammar is indeed very important in both our online and offline lives. How could I not thought about this?! Like you have mentioned, when I use social media, I tend to cut down on my words and punctuation. Especially on twitter where it has a word limit. As I spend a lot of time on social media, it also became a habit that i cut my sentences short in real life. To make it worse, it harder to speak correct English with your acquaintances most speaking ‘Singlish’.

    I agree that people judge us by our grammar. Also, if I were an employer, I would not hire someone with bad grammar.

    Nowadays, consumers are more knowledgeable. Some of them would spot any errors like grammar or spellings and publicize it on social media which might gain more attention. The advertisement “So fun, they won’t even know their learning” is already an embarrassment for the company and it would be worse to be talked about for the grammar error when it is supposed to create awareness for their software by right.

    Anyway, interesting blog post! I really enjoyed it.

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  2. Hi Pearlyn,
    I watched the video on your blog and they did mention that individuals should avoid using bad grammar in their social media profile. However, I personally feel that it’s not a significant issue on the ethical use of social media, as speaking well with good grammar is to portray a good image of oneself and it’s also one’s personal choice/habits. Informal or formal language can be used depending on the profile of social media.

    Yes, I agree that employees should ensure their formality on their use of language on social media to help convey the intended message to consumers. Additionally, employers are capitalizing on social media to assess their candidates and speaking good English can display one’s professionalism but definitely not their ethical values.

    Being ethical on social media is not about having a strong command of English but it’s about the content that you put up online – whether or not it is detrimental to the public. Using foul language on social media can undermine one’s image much more than using poor English.

    If you were an employer, what do you think of a social media profile that’s bombarded with vulgarities compared to a social media profile where English is of a lower standard? Which applicant will you choose?

    Hence, you might want to consider directing your focus to explain that individuals should refrain from using profanity or posting inappropriate comments which it’s not ethically right?

    Let me know! 🙂


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