Mar 20, 2024 - Economy

Don't Slack on punctuation

Two people sit in chairs during an interview on a stage with a backdrop saying Axios What's Next Summit

Hope and Slack CEO Denise Dresser at Axios' What's Next Summit Tuesday. Photo: Ronald Flores for Axios

Sometimes a period is just a period, Hope writes.

Driving the news: Denise Dresser, CEO of Slack, one of the most popular communications platforms in the world, told me during Axios' What's Next Summit yesterday that she uses the punctuation mark even when texting with her kids.

  • "To show good grammar and show them that there's still grammar to be had, because I don't understand half of the words they use with me."

Context: Periods mean different things to different people.

  • Use of formal and proper punctuation in digital communications can come off as passive-aggressive or cold, particularly to younger people.

💭 Hope's thought bubble: It's all relative. If someone who doesn't usually use a period uses it one day, then that's probably a sign that something is off. Periodt. (peer-ee-uht)


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