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The FAZ writes:

So verstanden ist das Abrufen der Mails, das googlen des eigenen Namens und das Zählen von Followern und Freundschaftsanfragen nichts als eine Statusabfrage der eigenen Existenz.

Why is "das googlen" in lowercase, while "das Abrufen" and "das Zählen" are in uppercase?

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The more common spelling is googeln, by the way. –  waldrumpus Sep 17 '12 at 8:43
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It's simply wrong. The word "googlen" contains two errors: It is written in lowercase and the letter "l" should stand between "e" and "n": It should be "das Googeln". –  Hubert Schölnast Sep 17 '12 at 13:12
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Because even the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung can err. In my opinion it is definitely an error and should be capitalized.

Edit: The concept involved is "Substantivierung (von Verben)" ("nominali[s/z]ation" in English). The German Wikipedia has a short overview for this, the corresponding rule of the "Amtliches Regelwerk" (PDF) is §57.

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Gibt es da nicht Abweichungen zw. alter u. neuer Schreibung, und hat die FAZ sich nicht zur alten Schreibung bekannt? –  user unknown Sep 19 '12 at 5:00
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@userunknown Ich bin der Meinung, dass sich nur bei der Substantivierung von Adjektiven etc. Änderungen ergeben haben. Substantivierte Verben wurden schon immer groß geschrieben. –  Alexander Kosubek Sep 19 '12 at 5:44
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