Lose/loose. Affect/effect. Lie/lay. And of course, there/they’re/their. Do I need a comma or not? Glen lets you in on a tool both he and Kimba use to fix pesky typos and grammar errors. Kimba’s world is in upheaval – she may have found a replacement for Buffer. See how it measures up.
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Those typos in the intro, we’ve all done it. Even if we know the right word to use, sometimes our fingers disagree. If it’s a blog post, a social post, an email or a sales proposal to a client, proofreading is something we sometimes skip, and even when we do it, we’re not perfect. Grammarly is a great tool to catch spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in your writing.
Free version checks 150 grammar rules, over 250 in the paid version
Use Grammarly as a:
- Plugin for MS Office
- Browser extensions for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox
- Native (desktop) apps for Windows and MacOS (OS X)
- or in their web app
You can personalize your settings. Tell Grammarly if you use American or British English (although it favors the Oxford comma regardless of which setting you choose).
Personal dictionary for words or brand names that may have non-standard spellings.
The new stuff they added recently: their Handbook, which is an online reference guide or style book. It’s a decent blog with tips and grammar nerd articles.
Premium level offers a plagiarism checker, checking over 8 billion web pages for duplicate content. Yes, it’s used by some Universities.
Generate citations in either MLA, APA or Chicago styles.
Works with Word and Outlook
Writing style checks. Get rid of the passive voice.
Quarterly: $59.95 ($19.88/month)
Annually: $139.95 ($11.66/month)
Pro tip: in the first week or two after getting a free account, you’ll get email offers to go premium at a discount. The discount amount may vary. Grab one, as those discounts are better than anything I’ve seen since.
Sprout Social was one of those emails that you receive and decide to investigate. At first blush, I was intrigued with all it does, and if I add up all my apps that I use, I could almost justify the cost of $99 a month for premium.
It could replace Buffer.com and a few other apps I use, so it required my investigation. What I learned is the Customer Service is good and quick but once I decided not to use the product I was dropped pretty quickly. Since I did a podcast about their product, I was expecting at least a comment on my email response but zero. Okay, so I am over that. Two reasons I am not moving over to Sprout Social is that it doesn’t have a Safari browser button and it doesn’t talk with Quuu. If you are using another browser, I would say to try it!
Links from the Show
Grammarly – www.grammarly.com
Sprout Social – http://sproutsocial.com