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In my never-ending attempt to get with the social-media program, I have been regularly posting writing tips on Twitter, with the (logical) hashtag #YagodaTip.

To give you a taste of how much you can cram into 129 characters (I have to leave room for the hashtag) here are a couple of examples:

  • "A lot of good writers use the semicolon well; a lot of bad writers abuse it. There's one very common semicolon error; this one."
  • "Do good writers use rhetorical questions? Yes--but they make sure to answer them (or explain why they can't) in the next sentence."
  • "A seemingly obvious but often overlooked remedy for word repetition is the use of ... wait for it... pronouns."

If this kind of thing is your cup of tea, follow me: there's plenty more where that came from.

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Olivia's picture

I notice you wrote "social-media program." I write about social media marketing, and I always want to put a hyphen between social and media, because "social media" functions as an adjective that describes the word "marketing." However, I've never seen anyone in the field write "social-media marketing." I know if the meaning of something is clear without a hyphen, it's OK to leave out the hyphen. However, should a phrase like "social-media marketing" be hyphenated?

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