Grammarly: Your Robotic Writing Assistant

There are those out there claiming that good grammar is outdated. And then there are those out there looking to turn a buck helping you fix your grammar and proofread your opus (opuses? opera?). Should you choose to pay attention to your grammar, you can turn to the online service Grammarly to afford you that second set of eyes. Grammarly doesn’t beat around the bush: the site proudly proclaims it to be “The World’s Most Accurate Grammar Checker.” Grammarly offers both online checking and integration with your local software – Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.  Grammarly checks for spelling, punctuation, and simple grammar checking, as well as highlights potential plagiaristic moments in your missive.  Grammatical errors are indicated in red and clicking on the error will reveal a pop up card explaining the wrong and the “write” of it. You can choose to “see less” of the explanation in the cards, and there are up and down buttons to give feedback on the feedback that is given to you in the card.

Word from reviewers is that Grammarly is near the top of the class when it comes to online grammar support, but that it falls a bit short as a local add-on, with much better options out there in WhiteSmoke or Writer’s Workbench. The other downside for me was a monthly subscription cost. For on-line, I would prefer a one-off option for the occasional support, rather than be required to pump in $20 or so bucks a month for a slightly better editor and checker than my word processor provides.

That said, those who make their living writing, or students whose grades depend upon quality written product, might find the money well spent. It’s always nice to have another tool to fit in you writer’s tool belt.

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More Internet Demographics Infographics

Want to know who is using your favorite social network? SocialTimes compiled the information and drew up this pretty chart with tiny boxes representing percentages by age, income level, educational level, and yes, gender. Each little box is a percentage point, so stippling is a given. Twitter and Facebook are predominantly female, while Digg and Reddit are predominantly male. What really makes this infograhic rock for me is the use of the Benjamin Franklin quote:

Be civil to all;

Sociable to many;

Familiar with few;

Friend to one;

Enemy to none.

Think this still holds true in the digital age?

Hit the jump here to socialtimes to get a bigger picture on the big picture.

Interesting Visual Data on Mobile Phone Usage

Another cool infographic, this one about mobile phone usage. The two takeaways for me were the huge disparity in usage between the very young and the very (well, getting less very to me) old populations and the huge increase in mobile phone spending and app downloads anticipated over the next few years. In a word: get your mobile on!