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Duh

Wired News: It’s Just the ‘internet’ Now
“Effective with this sentence, Wired News will no longer capitalize the ‘I’ in internet. At the same time, Web becomes web and Net becomes net.”

Say it with me now: Duh. When I was working at HotWired in 1997, and we published the Wired Style book, everyone who actually coded pages for a living already knew that it was internet, not Internet. And web, not Web. Tell me, do you capitalize radio, newspaper, or television?

As long as we’re fixing long-standing idiocies, can we all just agree that its email (not, shudder, e-mail)? And drop that dotcom from the name, people, your name is Amazon, not Amazon.com. That’s your URL.

Also: You visit a website, you don’t log on to one (unless, yaknow, you have to for some reason). And let’s all stop saying the following phrases: viral marketing, value add, and monetize.

Thanks.


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