“Who to Follow,” or, “Whom to Follow,” On Twitter’s Bad Grammar
Here’s and article that talks about something I see on Twitter all the time. In the sidebar on Twitter they write, “Who to follow.” Now, I always thought it should be “Whom to Follow.” And for many it really should be, “Whom to Follow.” But there’s a distinction made now all the time about common usage. And to be honest, I can’t be a hypocrite about this because I’ve always been a fan of common usage. Common usage is a good example of the way language evolves over time. I just prefer “Whom” in this particular case and I think Twitter should fix it.
Twitter has a feature called Who to follow that suggests other users you might be interested in. I haven’t paid it much attention, but I’m interested in the fact that the phrase is censured by people who think it should be Whom to follow. There’s even a Chrome extension that “corrects” it.
In any event, there’s more here. I will say this, too. On social media in general I do give free passes all the time with regard to grammar. Posting something on Facebook or Twitter shouldn’t be like taking an English Exam. However, we should all be trying to work on some things. Knowing when to use “whom” certainly can’t hurt us.