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Jonathan Lawton
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How to Train Your Social Posts by Length

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Learn the ideal length of Facebook posts, tweets, blog posts, Google+ headlines, title tags, paragraphs, and so much more.
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Do you know how much of your information is out on the internet?

This is for the people who never will probably read this because they refuse the internet or are afraid of social media for the same fears that their information is out there.

My day job sometimes consists of a pile of requests to remove their personal details that have somehow trickled into our system and website. Naturally, people do not want their personal lives to be pried into. Who does? But in this world of instant information, nothing--yes, I said nothing--should you expect to be private.

The white pages have existed for a long time. The only difference now is that it has become digital and is no long strictly regional to the area in which you live. It's globally available. And if that's not enough, we all have de(mon)'vices that we voluntarily and involuntarily share our personal details with. This includes current locations, photos with timestamps and locations, favorites with reviews/ratings, and a history of all things seen, heard, and explored. The government does it, your phone carrier does it, service providers do it, and your phone does it.

We all have at least one or two hipster friends who are afraid of having a social media account--I remember back in college days 5 years ago when the rule was that having a Facebook account might prevent you from landing a good job--I was one of the early 'late' comers into the world of social media, but I embraced it when the tide changed.

We all have relatives or elderly friends who absolutely refuse to get on the internets. Ignoring the obvious hurdle of difficulty learning new technologies, it is because they are afraid people will think that they have a questionable personality or they will get robbed and murdered.

AWARENESS ALERT: NOTHING is private anymore. Like it, love it, or hate it, there's not much you can do about your information being out there as an individual citizen. Your name can be searched. Your address and phone number easily accessible. Your middle name. People you live or have lived with at all past locations. Your job. And if you don't upload a photo of yourself, you can be sure that your younger and/or non-hipster friends will. Unless you are a fugitive under police protection--and even then I have my doubts--you exist in the internets. If you are in a profession that constitutes public relations, including teaching, then your name and review is out there.

So what can you do to safeguard yourself? Well, you may not be able to prevent that information (accurate and false) from being posted, nor can you prevent it from spreading. But you can get on and do something about it. You can create your social media profiles to ensure that people don't confuse you with the guy in prison by making yourself unique with your own information. You can make sure that other information is accurate. And lastly, just be "perfect" or don't even breathe. It's the only way you will be assured that your dumb picture or remark won't ever be written into the annals of history.

Undoubtedly, it isn't convenient. Unfortunately, it isn't like it used to be. And likely, your future, should you care to invest in it, will depend on you making a presence out in the digital cloud. It's who you know, how well you know them, how much you communicate and contribute to those people and the world that will be part of the current and next generation's claim to fame. I suspect that even our credit ratings and health benefits will depends on this.

Good luck!
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Facebook to become and sell people mining search engine. Will this provide a valid, steady form of income and boost stock prices? Stay tuned!
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FBI "steals" business server in possession of information that could foil terrorism plot: goods or bad? How would ChaCha fare if this happened to us? http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/11/11647813-the-fbi-took-and-mysteriously-replaced-their-server-heres-their-story
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Maybe the Navy can use less fuel with this new technology. The trick, though, is to improve efficiency so that it does actually take less energy to produce the fuel.
Scientists with the United States Navy say they have successfully developed a way to convert seawater into jet fuel, calling it a potentially revolutionary advancement. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed technology to ex...
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Ding dong, the antiquated RSS is dead!
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Bye, bye Facebook. It's been nice knowing you.
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I haven't found it that nice knowing Facebook.
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Time to get back on Google Plus after a couple month's hiatus. Lets s what's changed.
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Here's something interesting to read: how technology affects the brain. +Jeff Jockisch , did you write this? Sounds like what we were talking about a few months ago. http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/07/health/memory-computers-brain/index.html?on.cnn=1
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If people were so upset about SOPA, why aren't we furious about this opposite issue: give-your-employer-your-Facebook-account-info?

I have little or nothing to hide from my employers. Still, I lock down my accounts where necessary to have that comfort zone in the case where I may irrationally say something, and realize shortly after that it may be slightly inappropriate and decide to delete the post (and no harm done).

And let's face it, if you're one to go out beer guzzling at every opportunity, your boss isn't that dumb...when you come into the office conveniently with a migraine on the same day every week, or you smell like a party, then he/she is going to know.

The problem with this employer tactic isn't so much Facebook as where it can go from there. Do you think it's logical that a Wendy's employee would ask me for my SSN whenever I want a Baconator? Does my financial adviser have the right to come over and play on my Xbox anytime he wants to? Or even as simple as medical records: does my boss have a phobia about people that sneeze because of allergies and thus, he can't hire me? Then why the heck should I be forced to show my boss my Facebook profile?

Maybe he's afraid that I might say something behind his back. NEWS FLASH: it happens, in both ranks; it tain't pretty sometimes, and not necessarily the best policy. But if people don't post it on Facebook, they'll find some 'rate your boss anonymously' website to post their (let's just say) not-so-wholesome boss's biography onto.

And even though every employee/employer have their differences of opinions and occasionally clash (some more than others), if you really think there are issues, then Facebook is the last place to check. If it's one or two employees, then maybe you got a bad batch and you've got to "throw 'em out." On the other hand, if it keeps happening over and over again, there's probably a reason for it, and it's likely not the employee that needs to "shape up."

If you're really supposed to be 'the boss', make sure your underlings know it, whether by harshness or kindness, depending upon your nature and the business atmosphere. Don't lollygag around and make others do your dirty work where you'll be scoffed at for getting paid more to do less than your paycheck is paying you to do.

If you want my Facebook account info, sure, I'll give it to you, but in exchange I expect to get yours too. Remember: as much as a company wants the right person for the position, a person also deserves the right to get the right company tailored for them, which means, potential bosses, I want YOUR info too so I know if you're going to start complaining about me.

Oh, and you say you want my Google+ account info? Forget that...you'll be able to access my email address which means even more privacy issues. And not only that, but for the same price, you not ONLY get my G+ and Gmail, but you'll also be able to see locations to when/where I've been, etc. Who says your boss is any better when it comes to not stalking, not stealing, or any other potentially lethal damage? It happens.

The issue has just as much to do with discrimination as it does over privacy.

So now that my boss has my info, what's she gonna do with it? Sell it? Laugh at it and show it to her peers? Will he delete my account or post something crude on it and ruin me for sure just because he didn't like something he saw? Let's remember that a boss isn't like the dad that shot up his daughter's laptop and posted it to see for her friends on Facebook, even though your employer can monitor your work screen or block access to certain sites.

I should also take this time to remind you that while they are at it, they may as well look at our underwear drawers (ahem, as in, underwear in the cabinet drawers, hopefully not what I'm wearing at the time). How much privacy do I really have? Isn't this (initially) why they created unions to protect against unfair advantages on the employer's part based on pay, age, gender, etc.? Isn't this why our founding fathers created laws against the military from creating such actions as forcing their way into our homes? Let us not forget that if I want to Like or G+ ghost peppers, it's considered a crime to society.

So where does this leave us? It leaves me running one minute late for work. But seriously, people, this isn't going to solve anything for either side. Maybe this means I close my Facebook account down permanently? Maybe I post pictures of my underwear drawer to a public album so they no one is worried that I wear something that says 'Superman' on it at night. Maybe I might as well publicly post my login info all over the internet so anyone and everyone can login at their own desire. Oh, wait, I've got it...I'll just post the login info for each of Congress's representatives...no harm ever came from that, right? I'm sure they'd all like to know all the pretty details that their opposing neighbors thought about them. Nah, I haven't got the heart to...
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Uhhh, because it might not actually be happening? I've never known anyone personally that this has happened to. So far, I've only seen third hand reports. Can anybody come up with something other than "they" are doing it?

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/06/that-whole-shoulder-surfing-facebook-accounts-at-job-interviews-thing-its-probably-not-really-happening/

articles about it probably make great site traffic, though.
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Jr. Data Scientist, Database & Web Developer, Information Architect, Growth Hacker
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Web Development, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Content Management, Technical Writing, Regular Expressions, Data Analysis, Hadoop, SEO, Web Design, Software Development, Linux, Microsoft Office, XML, Data Mining, Web Analytics, Mobile Applications, Drupal, Python, Database Design, SQL, RegEx, jQuery, Social Media, Windows Server, Programming, XHTML, Apache Pig, WordPress, Web Applications, JSON, VBA, LAMP, Website Development, Social Networking, Access, CSS, User Experience, Big Data
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  • Chick-fil-A
    Team Member, 2014 - 2014
    Quickly gained knowledge of large fast food retail operations. Experience includes customer service (cashier, table touch-in's, food runner), inventory (unloading, locating, stocking), operations (bagging, dishes, dining room upkeep), and beverage preparation.
  • ChaCha
    Content Analyist, 2012 - 2014
    Content Analyst expanded responsibilities to ad hoc development of tools for special team projects: • Used LAMP technologies for reporting tools. • Learned Python for NLP and ETL. • QA mobile and web environments for end user deployment. • Developed advanced reporting analysis to include Apache Pig/Hadoop and advanced MySQL reports. • Assisted in team's time management strategy. • Interacted on brainstorming teams for SEO, virallity, and other growth hacking expertise.
  • ChaCha
    Content Curator Intern, 2010 - 2012
    Quickly grew, learned and adapted to new and more difficult responsibilities. Authored and monitored quality answers for trending questions. Created digital templates to improve team's data entry efficiency. Learned extensive regular expressions for automation needs. Quality assured developmental applications. Functioned as minor role in data analysis and sharing in various 'the go-to guy' IT tasks.
  • First Baptist Church of Indianapolis
    Communications Intern, 2009 - 2010
    As an intern at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis (FBC), I learned how to coordinate projects, handle large office printers, communicate and negotiate with coworkers; and act as the occasional computer troubleshooter. The experience greatly improved my skills in the areas of writing, organizing, and prioritizing projects.
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"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that meant comfort." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Includes, but not limited to:

Husband - Version 0.8 (still in beta). 24/7. Exclusive features: love, honor and cherish. Lifetime warranty, batteries not included.
Analyzer - Anything and everything. Always on the search for fun facts, history, knowledge, and wisdom.
Salesman - Come in for your favorite candy bar as advertised, and I'll make sure you don't leave without buying the car of your dreams!
Contrarian - I counterbalance and disrupt nature at the same time. That takes talent.
Comedian - Great at wet humor, just add water.
Musician - Stay up-to-date with your favorite pop music sub-genre: harmonica polka.

At the end of the day, I thank God where he's placed me, what he's given me (most of all my wife!), and what he's done to save me from eternal fire 'n brimstone (seriously though, let your heart be saved if you aren't...this free gift is even easier to get than sending in a rebate check and it's worth an eternity, not just a lousy $5; just admit that you've broken his commandments and unlock your heart so that your record will be wiped clean forever). I only pray that I can continue to strive in Him and let loose these worldly things that yet so tempts me as it does all of us every day of our lives.
Education
  • Western Governors University (WGU)
    BS IT, Databases, 2011 - 2012
    Partially completed: My career launched before completing all of my courses. I intend to pursue other educational pursuits such as IT certification exams, and hope to one day return to complete my studies.
  • IVY Tech Community College
    AAS, Database/Web Management, 2007 - 2010
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I'm not always a fan of the flavor, but they are known for their excellent customer service, that the social experience alone gives them 5 stars. God bless you!
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