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Writing isn’t an easy job. Especially when you really want to spark people’s interest, and garner some real excitement about the topic at hand. And, with so little space to communicate your message in the social sphere, you may rely on punctuation to help communicate your message to the masses, but what mark should you use?
Not the exclamation mark!!!!* This is the mark that is the “biggest trap of them all” according to a recent HubSpot Blogs article. The article goes on to say the exclamation mark is the most “overused” mark all throughout the web. This piece of punctuation can make your writing look unprofessional, and leaves you with nowhere to go when you actually do need an exclamation mark.
So, when should you (or shouldn’t you) use the exclamation mark? Thanks to HubSpot Blogs, check out this flowchart to help you help you navigate punctuation yay’s and nay’s.
To the rest of the community: Besides the rampant overuse of the exclamation mark throughout the web, what habits drive you nuts when reading social or online commentary? For me, it is the OVERUSE of capital letters or LACK of punctuation.
*Note: The above exclamation marks were intentionally overused to suggest a point of overuse.