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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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If you click this link and sign up, you can get paid bits o'money to post links to funny galleries of your choice (that are actually awesome and not selling anything) :)
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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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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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  • ChaCha
    Content Analyist, 2012 - 2014
  • ChaCha
    Content Curator Intern, 2010 - 2012
  • First Baptist Church of Indianapolis
    Communications Intern, 2009 - 2010
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Ring a bell? Christian. Homeschooled, IVY Tech, WGU. ChaCha. Computers, web/database management. Tennis, bowling. Classical music, 40's big band, 50's rock 'n roll.
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Please hold, Jonathan is standing by to answer your call...actually, he might be sitting, running, lying down, or any assortment thereof. Disclaimer: Responding (or lack thereof) to him is not a requirement to be his friend, but how bad could it be? Further messages may and will apply. His opinions will probably not reflect those of your own, but viewer's discretion is nevertheless ill-advised. Contact him 24/7 (or whenever he's awake for more sensible information and/or conversations).



Although not entirely by my own admission, I was not withstanding born to my ONLY parents (it's such a sad story...it would make you cry if I told you), raised up in a loving, godly home. When time came for kindergarten, Little Harvard University's admissions committee evaluated me as too fidgety to sit any length of time to learn, let alone graduate with honors. So mom took up the call and began the daunting journey of homeschooling (and started a 'year' ahead of my grade level I might add) starting all the way from sparkly kindergarten and surviving as a war-torn veteran at high school.

Although they were there to help any way they could, it was up to me to begin taking an initiative to learn most of my high school level subjects by myself without any tutelage outside of books (sadly, ChaCha couldn't have helped me successfully cheat on my exams even if I wanted to...talk about PTA repercussions if I did). Thankfully I had help with (and thanks to) science (mom), Spanish (friend's mom), and speech/poetry/Shakespeare (grandfather), PE (group tennis instructor/ bowling companions), art (group instructor), and music (dad / guitar instructor). My best, although most difficult and aggravating subject in school was, without a doubt, arithmetic. It was difficult and arduous studying without others to inquire information for some subjects, but I survived and continued that workaholic nature. In my senior year, I even took on Physics as an elective to learn as much as I could about the "science that explains all sciences".

I began coding in the not-so-simple-for-a-12-year-old BASIC computer programming language (inspired thanks to yet my other grandfather) eventually delving into web development at age 15 (boy, I can still remember how excited I was to make a "Hello World!" page...what an idiot I was...now I've learned it's even more fun to make "Goodbye Cruel World!" pages...). These skills began guiding me to my professional interest.

Before I knew it, I was revving up engines on wheels and college was upon me. Of course, the smartest thing for someone living in a middle-class home, not really having taken or experienced lots of raw-world big-classroom education, and not wanting to pay off student loans the rest of my death, I decided with little doubt that IVY Tech was the right pick for me.

So off I screech into the last reserved parking space on my first day of school (yeah...I'll admit, I felt like the kid who gets on the school bus for the first time). Not sure what to expect (instructors walking around with police batons ready to bash you in the head at the first sign of failure) just to find out that my math class was easier than my high school pre-calculus (and a nice instructor by a name that phonetically sounded like "cha ching") and English with an ex-kindergarten teacher who was nice enough to teach me in 16 weeks what I had lacked comprehending for several years past.

Then I took another couple of semesters-- [ Fast Forward >> ] --enjoyed speech class even though-- [ Fast Forward >> ] --because I really had an amazing group of IT instructors-- [ Fast Forward >> ] --setting up my resume with career services. My first real semester of databases was upon me, and I had never done anything outside of Microsoft Access, but I was willing and ready to learn, burn and die, if necessary. It was fun for once getting through a 16 week course (Oracle SQL query command line) in 8 weeks. I was doing pretty good until I hooked up an internship with a local church, which ironically started at almost exactly that 9 week mark. All the while, I was trying to hold together a student organization, having been elected by a severe lack of competitors, to the position of president out of the necessity that we needed a student holding the position to make the college happy. There were a couple bumps in the road, but we made do.

Graduation time! Grade A, 4.0...how? I learned a lot at IVY Tech, and I must say that I give them high credit where credit is due. I don't want to be a fly on the wall in a huge university, I didn't need 'Yale' on my Associates. Meanwhile, it was time to find me a job. With a little soul searching and a lot of depressing job hunting, I went to the IVY Tech career fair. Met a few people like (we'll leave their name anonymous for now) this Q/A texting company. Followed up on a couple other leads afterwards but no luck.

A couple months go by in the long, hot, dog days of summer. You see, baby, I was working the joint at Joe's, but nobody had any real good detective cases to follow up on. Then I got the phone call. Actually, it was an email, but that just sounded cooler like from a NYT best selling thriller. That Q/A texting company from the job fair had a position and was curious if I was interested. I said "yes", went into the interview, and came out with a job at ChaCha Search. Wow, I wish all professional jobs were as easy to get as swiping your credit card at Wal-mart (which isn't so easy I might add).

For some people at this point in their lives they start experimenting with drugs, alcohol, etc., but for me, I thought it was wise and high time to try implementing something progressively and socially new into the world, and hopefully far less unhealthy: puns. Yeah, I became a punnatic at work to the 'SMH-ing' of my coworkers. It wasn't long before all I could do was smoke words. At about the same time my boss nicknamed me "J Law" after adjusting to job requirements that had changed slightly, giving me a more 'accusing' role where I would "lay down the law."

One day, someone decided they had enough of my terrible puns and didn't want to be the only one to suffer. So as such, it was fitting to record a video and post it for Guides to see...semi-success. Since then, I've use some of my spare time to generate a JLAW following to help promote social media such as ChaCha. If this was the worlds of Star Wars, Jonathan would be the peanut butter and Jedi and JLAW would be on the semi-sweet dark chocolate and yes, he's on the nuts, side. Add in a few hilariously random impromptu stage acts (or at least I get some laughs at me), and you won't know what hand you should have used to hit yourself with. Yeah, I'm that good.

I continue to educate myself at WGU for my BS, all the while the world continuously advances with new equipment and procedures. We are forced to keep up on it. As Shakespeare once said, "On this…sea we are now afloat, and we must take the tide as it serves, else, lose our venture."

But wait. There's more. For an unlimited time only, not only do you get to witness the fore mentioned hobbies at some point in your life that makes me a "unique" squeak-in-the-floor, but if you read on, I have more surprises.

Of course, my life is not made up of just computer piranhabytes, and textbooks; it ranges far and wide, from old to new, serious to fun. Reading classic/mystery novels has always been a pastime. In sports, I've always enjoyed a good game of tennis and a high handicap in bowling. I play the acoustic guitar/ukelele, harmonica and piano, and thoroughly enjoy to sing opera/jazz/choir baritone (it's also fun mimicking classic dead artists like Dean Martin). I also enjoy composing tunes/lyrics on my guitar.

Although classical music has been regarded as my original forte, my genres have expanded through (currently) '60's (except in a rare few cases like Michael Buble), with classic rock 'n roll of the '50's as my 'fav' followed by '40-'50's jazz-vocal and big band.

In addition to my love for music, I also love to recite (the not so much typically boring) poetry, although it's become rusty with a lack of time to keep it up. It gives me and (hopefully) others entertainment when there's nothing else to do (my Grandfather is an excellent speaker and has passed some of his tips on).

I enjoy debating subjects, regardless of my familiarity with them. It may sound as though I'm perhaps bias but my primary goal is to advocate a voice for the minority and always feel sorry for the underdog (if you pick point A. I'll defend point B. and vise verse). It's in my nature to be different than the rest of the crowd.

As connected as I might be with the computer, I believe I could survive without computer technology more than most of my age or younger who have been raised holding a piece of technology or going through high school without Facebook. I can't stand it when people excessively use text messaging lingo (mostly it wouldn't be a problem, but nobody knows how to type properly these days because of it, and it will thus ruin the English language). Although it is likely fun to do, this photography hobbyist will tell you to please ask someone else to take the picture of you and your friends, because it just doesn't look as good when you take a snapshot of yourselves whilst holding the camera. Not to mention, that every time you do, you take the risk of getting shot, blowup, framed, and hung. Pleasant thoughts!


Ultimately, at the end of the day, I thank God where he's placed me, what he's given me, and what he's done to save me from eternal fire 'n brimstone (seriously though, let your heart be saved if you ain'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
    Incomplete
  • IVY Tech Community College
    AAS, Database/Web Management, 2007 - 2010
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