Something to tweet about

It’s official: Tweet and social media have made it into the dictionary. Merriam-Webster is adding both words to its Collegiate Dictionary, along with tech terms crowdsourcing and m-commerce. “From the dramatic events of the Arab spring to the scandal that brought down Congressman Anthony Weiner, tweet is a word that has been part of the story,” says Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large in a statement. “We’ve been tracking words like social media and tweet for years, of course, and now we feel their meanings have stabilized enough to include them in the dictionary.” Tweet is defined as “a chirp note” or “a post made on the Twitter online message service.” Social media, first documented in 2004, may be used as a plural or singular noun and refers to “forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).” Link to full story in Huffington Post.

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