From Web Site to Website

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Associated Press Stylebook has made a change to accommodate the changes in technology norms. No longer will Web site be the official style. Now, website will be the new recognized version. The AP Stylebook announced this changed on Twitter.

"We...invited readers and users of the AP Stylebook to offer us some suggestions for a new social media guide that we're including in the 2010 Stylebook, and we got a very good response and a large number of people who favored 'website' as one word," said Sally Jacobsen, one of three Stylebook editors and deputy managing editor for projects at the AP.

Many people are happy about the change to website. Though others prefer Web site. This change will be reflected in the 2010 Stylebook available this spring. The AP Stylebook will be adding a new section of the book focusing on new media and social media. They are asking for suggestions.


Katelyn Chamberlin April 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

This is interesting to me because in a blog where we're required to write about social media, 'Website or Web site' comes up a lot. I can't count how many times I've accidentally counted it as one word instead of two. It also interests me that users felt so strongly about it being one word that the AP decided to change it. That just goes to show how much of an impact a few people rallying for a cause can have.

Tyler Lloyd April 21, 2010 at 7:13 AM  

This change is necessary because of the frequency with which the word is going to be used in the coming years. Everything is online now and "website" seems a little more common to me than "Web site" quicker and easier to type as well. This doesn't seem like a big deal but it was a change worth making.

Rachel Gull April 26, 2010 at 9:26 PM  

I thought it was fitting that the AP Stylebook focused so heavily on user response when altering the section on social media. It's interesting that they are working to develop a dialogue with their audience. The release of the announcement on Twitter was quite fitting as well and probably reached their target audience the most efficiently.

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