I enjoyed reading “Eats shoots and leaves” and I am one of those people who believe correct punctuation should be enforced online (several copywriters I have worked with can confirm this).
However, I am also an avid Twitter and I often find myself in a dilemma: Do I sacrifice a word to add that semicolon or end with that full stop?
I am ashamed to admit that more often than not punctuation is sacrificed in favour of a word.
While I do not believe the actual meaning of the vast majority of tweets suffers from lack of punctuation, I do fear that not encouraging people to use punctuation helps deteriorate grammar in general both in digital documents as well as on handwritten paper.
The alternative is using TXT shorthand to allow room for punctuation, a solution I am even more opposed to.
But does it have to be this way? What if Twitter allowed a limited number of punctuation freebies?
What do you think?