Facebook Is Not A Verb
Are there grammar rules for the language of social media? Yes, there are very clear rules — BuzzFeed says so.
Did you know?
You should never say “I Facebooked you.” Instead, say “I posted to Facebook.” Facebook is not a verb.
Snapchat is a verb.
Snapchatted, snapchatting, and snapping are all ok.
Instagram is also a verb.
You can say “I Instagrammed you”, or “I’m Instagramming you.”
In case you’re interested, Tinder is a verb too.
Tindering and tindered are both correct.
Twitter and Vine are combination nouns and verbs.
The word tweet can be used interchangeably as a verb and a noun.
To tweet — Tweet, tweeted, tweeting. Never say “tweeted out.”
But don’t say “tweeter.” It’s preferable to say “Twitter user.”
Vine is a noun, but you can say Vine-ing. It’s preferable to say “post a Vine” or “use Vine.”
So go forth and be confident when you’re referring to any social media conversation — whether in conversation or in writing.
And maybe these friendly tips just might be worth “pinning.”
Favilla, E. and Paolone, M. “email.” Buzzfeed Style Guide, online. http://www.buzzfeed.com/emmyf/buzzfeed-style-guide (accessed April 3, 2017).