“[T]ime spent poking around in a library in the past led to great ideas. It’s unclear if the same is true for time spent online,” said Stanford philosophy professor John Perry in an article on The New York Times encouraging today’s social media-attentive generation to reclaim their real lives. In this issue, we offer tips on how you can regain control of your career development and your timeline.
- Most of the things you need to make progress on your professional career usually depend on what you do on your own time. Sean Johnson lets us in on a secret: the career ladder isn’t in the office. Make your breaks and time-offs count, and remind yourself that your happiness is all in your hands.
- A recent ING report on social media use revealed some journalists “publish first, correct later.” Most editors are fond of sharing posts, photos, and videos that poke fun at language mistakes. But is that how you want others to see you? How you want to be seen on social media is all within your control too: Here are 29 ways to make the most out of your social media accounts from The Guardian and some best practices from the American Copy Editors Society.
Other posts that piqued our interest:
- Ever wondered what the Internet will look like more than 10 years from now? The Pew Research Center asked the experts to predict the future of the Internet. It’s not all rosy, but even with identified threats, optimism abounds.
- After quizzes and lists, what’s next from BuzzFeed? Slideys!
- Last issue, we picked up Facebook’s newsfeed experiment. Turns out Google is also experimenting on your news search results.
- Want to write like a spy? Consult the CIA’s style guide. (The Guardian article says it was leaked, while the Scribd publisher includes a note that it was made available following a FOIA request.)
- A poll on millennials revealed that they “have strongly positive attitudes toward free markets. (Just don’t call it capitalism.)” The language of millennials further proves that there is indeed a generation gap.
Ditto is a fortnightly collection of stories on publishing, media, communications, and topics that concern editorial professionals from the most credible sources on the Web. We hope to educate young professional writers and editors about industry standards, breakthroughs, and trends, among other things. Usually, you’ll find news and commentaries in here, but from time to time, we also feature tweets, visuals, games, freebies, and other fun but useful stuff that caught our eye.