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I have a website. I have 5 subscription options in my site.

As of now my titles displayed like this:

  1. subscribe by email
  2. subscribe by rss
  3. subscribe using facebook
  4. subscribe using twitter
  5. subscribe using googleplus

My 3,4,5 title looks long. So can I use "by" word instead of "using"?

I mean like "subscribe by facebook","subscribe by twitter","subscribe by googleplus".

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Why not just precede your list of options with some "shared" text such as "Select your preferred subscription method", then just call them email, rss, facebook, twitter, googleplus? –  FumbleFingers Apr 2 '12 at 18:18
Also, there's always via. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Apr 2 '12 at 18:30
@FumbleFingers Thanks. I'll consider that. –  Giri Apr 2 '12 at 18:36
@cornbreadninja Thanks –  Giri Apr 2 '12 at 18:37

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Following FumbleFingers rewording suggestion would be the most sensible thing to do. But let me address your «Can I use "by" instead of "using"» question: While use of by would not break any rules of grammar or meaning and would be commonly understood, I would not choose to use it in the way your examples show. I regard "subscribe using twitter" and "subscribe via twitter" as acceptable and nearly equivalent, but "subscribe by twitter" as awkward. (Via has senses as a preposition of "by way of" and "by means of").

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