AP Changes "Web site" to "Website"

With a simple Tweet, the Associated Press changed an argument that has been raging on in newsrooms for years.

Is it web site or website?

Well, it's now officially website.

According to the @APStylebook Twitter stream, "Responding to reader input, we are changing Web site to website. This appears on Stylebook Online today and in the 2010 book next month."

The change, which was formally announced at the American Copy Editors Society conference Friday afternoon, is effective Saturday and will appear in the 2010 Stylebook, which is slated to come out next month. 

Overall the reaction has been interesting. 

Mashable applauded the move, while New York Times technology columnist David Pogue wasn't all that thrilled.

In other semi-related news, the AP Stylebook editors Darrell Christian and David Minthorn said they are also reconsidering their proposed change on the style for state names.