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The decision came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.
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San Francisco designers! Join me at the next +Designers + Geeks event on July 16 in downtown SF for a story that takes you 1.2 quadrillion miles into space and over 2.8 trillion years through time.

We'll be talking about wicked problems, designing for ambiguity, and the struggle to build things that last. And did I mention there will be Doctor Who references, pizza, AND beer? Because I should mention that. :)

Sign up at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/designers-geeks-4th-anniversary-ambiguity-in-design-tickets-17515287697—hope to see you there!
Designers + Geeks features talks from experts on design, technology, startups, and all manner of geekery. If you want to be the first to hear about new Designers + Geeks events, sign up for the newsletter. Ambiguity in Design Presented by Jonathon Colman, UX Content Strategy at Facebook;   How do you solve the world’s hardest problems? And how would you respond if they’re unsolvable? As user experience professionals, we’re focused on people who...
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Does your job posting use language that's too gendered? Find out using this analysis tool: http://gender-decoder.katmatfield.com/

Job postings that are too masculine deter female candidates and hurt the diversity at organizations. But job postings that are strongly feminine-coded have almost no impact on deterring men from applying.

I think there's some ambiguity in how we use language in job postings and I don't think an algorithm can wholly take that into account and spit out a binary answer. Even so, this is a step in the right direction and an important signal to take into account when writing and sharing job posts.

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Going global: Tips and tricks for thinking beyond translation

https://blog.gathercontent.com/going-global-tips-tricks-thinking-beyond-translation

By +Amy Thibodeau, who knows.
One of the biggest mistakes a company can make when launching a product or service to an international audience is to think that it’s all about translating words. Let me explain. Translation is what any number of web apps do when you type in a word or sentence and it tells you the meaning: If
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If you liked it, you should have put METADATA on it... a masterpiece from +Rachel Lovinger! #confabMN
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Here's "Wicked Ambiguity and User Experience," my #ConfabMN keynote talk about:
- Aliens
- Nuclear waste
- Who we are
- Why we fail

http://bit.ly/raycats

#contentstrategy   #communications #UX #IA
Jonathon Colman's keynote talk about aliens, nuclear waste, who we are, why we fail—and what unites us.
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Loved the talk, wish I could have seen it live!
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Here's a novel take on Mother's Day from Anne Lamott: all women are equal, and raising children is a communal quest.

http://www.salon.com/2010/05/08/hate_mothers_day_anne_lamott/

"No one is more sentimentalized in America than mothers on Mother’s Day, but no one is more often blamed for the culture’s bad people and behavior. You want to give me chocolate and flowers? That would be great. I love them both. I just don’t want them out of guilt, and I don’t want them if you’re not going to give them to all the people who helped mother our children."
It celebrates the great lie about women: That those with children are more important than those without
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Add a Link on Facebook: I worked on this fun little product that just launched today on iOS.

http://mashable.com/2015/06/25/facebook-add-links-web-browser/
The social network lets you search for links to share from inside its mobile app.
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#death   #drugs   #addiction  

The things that hurt us the most are the ones we can’t speak of.

They’re the dark battles that remain unspoken, lurking on the fringes. They’re the conspiracies of silence caused by the things we can’t say.

They pull at us in the smallest, the most intimate of ways. They break us with their banality. Or sometimes they just break us.

They're secret wars.

Here are three stories from the front: https://medium.com/@jcolman/secret-wars-25db2534c358
Three stories about the things we can’t say
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Wicked Ambiguity and User Experience: http://www.jonathoncolman.org/2015/05/21/wicked-ambiguity/

Get video, slides, and transcript of my talk at #giantconf
A keynote talk about aliens, nuclear waste, wicked problems, and the one big thing that unites everyone in UX: ambiguity.
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Wicked Ambiguity and User Experience — my #ConfabMN keynote about aliens, nuclear waste, and what unites everyone in UX.

http://www.jonathoncolman.org/2015/05/21/wicked-ambiguity/
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JOBS: I'm hiring two content strategists for my team at Facebook!

See https://www.facebook.com/careers/department?dept=design&req=a0I1200000G4VGxEAN and ping me for more info. #ConfabMN
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Education
  • University of Washington
    M.S., Information Management, 2011 - 2013
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Certificate, Human-Computer Interactions (HCI), 1997 - 1998
  • Michigan Technological University
    B.S., Scientifiic and Technical Communication (STC), 1993 - 1997
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Jonathon D. Colman, Jon Colman, jcolman, jdcolman, burkinaboy
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Product UX + Content Strategy at Facebook. Webby Award winner. Keynote speaker. Powered by coffee.
Introduction

Hi! I’m Jonathon Colman. I’m not ignoring you, I’m just introverted. Despite this, I’m a Webby Award-winning UX content strategist at Facebook, the social network. Yeah, I’m surprised by that, too.

I served overseas in the Peace Corps (Burkina Faso, West Africa: 1999-2000) and have spoken at over 70 tech events on five continents. I worked in nonprofit organizations for nearly a decade and also earned a master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Washington in 2013.

All of that makes me a nerd, but don’t worry—I’m one of the good ones.

You can find me on Facebook or Twitter @jcolman. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife, Marja Huhta and our dog, Prim (a.k.a. #bestdogever).

Bragging rights
Married in New Zealand. Photos at http://goo.gl/vQ6qi
Work
Occupation
Product UX + Content Strategy
Skills
Content strategy, information architecture, user experience, public speaking
Employment
  • Facebook, Inc.
    Product UX + Content Strategy, 2013 - present
    Lead content strategy for platform and search products with billions of interactions/day. Develop and scale a team of 3 focused on content strategy for 20+ products. Build products involving location, privacy, and integrations with third-party apps. Plan, structure, design, and write content for product user experiences.
  • REI
    Principle Experience Architect, 2012 - 2013
    Created enterprise content standards and governance workflows. Structured and modeled content metadata for findability and reusability. Developed business cases for cross-channel content experiences and apps.
  • REI
    SEO, Inbound Marketing, 2008 - 2012
    Grew organic search by 160% to nearly 50M visits and $100M in sales/year. Organized an agile dev team of 12 people focused on search, navigation, and SEO. Managed $200k budget, contracted with external agencies and consultants.
  • The Nature Conservancy
    Associate Director, Digital Marketing, 2004 - 2008
    Led global web marketing, advertising, and production teams to build awareness. Directed SEO, paid search, and partnerships yielding millions of dollars in donations. Developed strategy for implementing core technologies, including CMS and analytics.
  • Barbara Thomas Fellowship Program
    Fellow, Internet Marketing (Australia), 2008 - 2008
  • New Target Internet Design & Development
    User Interface Architect, 2004 - 2004
  • Conservation International
    Web Communications and Content Manager, 2003 - 2004
  • Great Lakes Commission
    Web and Publications Designer, 2001 - 2003
  • Peace Corps
    Peace Corps Volunteer - Community Health Development, 1999 - 2000
  • IBM
    Lead Information Developer, Groupware, 1997 - 1999
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San Francisco, California
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Seattle, Washington - Melbourne, Australia - Washington, DC - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Kaya, Burkina Faso - Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso - Rochester, Minnesota - Houghton, Michigan - Blissfield, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Rape on the Night Shift – FRONTLINE
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An investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry.

By the Numbers: The Magnitude of Rape and Sexual Assault – Rape on the N...
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What is the incidence of rape? How many go unreported? How much does it cost the victim? We look at the numbers behind the crime.

MozCon July 13-15, 2015, a Digital Marketing Conference in Seattle
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Expand your knowledge with three days of forward-thinking sessions and networking with the brightest minds in the industry.

I was an undercover Uber driver
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I drove a hundred rides for UberX to fact-check whether a middle-of-the-pack driver can make $90,000 a year. This is what I...

Physicists prove Heisenberg's intuition correct
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An international team of scientists has provided proof of a key feature of quantum physics – Heisenberg's error-disturbance relation - more

Blog Content Curation: Your New Blog BFF - Heidi Cohen
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Want to augment your blog content? Then add the 5 most popular forms of blog content curation to increase your content and your reach. Examp

Spalding Gray’s Catastrophe
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A car crash, a brain injury, and an actor's decline.

Bay Area Hiker: Tilden Regional Park
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Tilden Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District, Contra Costa County. In brief: 6.3 mile loop in a popular park, traveling through woo

Muddy Colors: What Women Want...in Women Characters
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As the most frequently-posting woman on the Muddy Colors roster, let me officially welcome you to Women's History Month. Now while I don't a

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Every summer, I try to spend as many days as possible on the beach at Enoshima, and each time I get out of the station and walk towards the

Motivation
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Why Pi Matters - The New Yorker
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Yes, Pi Day is again upon us. And not just any Pi Day. They’re calling this the Pi Day of the century: 3.14.15. Pi to five digits.

Why You Should Join Me at Confab — Jonathon Colman
www.jonathoncolman.org

Confab Central 2015 is a content strategy conference taking place May 20-22 in Minneapolis. Here's why you should go to it.

Grow Your Own SEOs: Professional Development for Digital Marketers
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Hiring SEOs is hard, but training them and helping them develop as professionals is even harder. A solid professional development plan incre

Dan Shapiro » What I Learned from the Breaking Bad Percolator
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What I Learned from the Breaking Bad Percolator. Posted: August 20th, 2013 | Author: Dan | Filed under: Startups | 6 Comments ». Those of yo

Driving The Amalfi Coast Highway | The Everywhereist
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That miserable and storied month of February now over, I am acutely aware of how anxious and unhappy I was throughout. This didn't occur to

Testing Tool — Google Developers
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Test your structured data markup using this tool

Rand Fishkin: How to Build a Content Strategy
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Moz's Rand Fishkin shares his thoughts on how he manages to create consistently amazing content based on core values and beliefs

Where to Eat & Drink at SearchFest 2015 | SEMpdx
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2015 SEMpdx SearchFest Keynote Interview: Jonathan Colman | SEMpdx
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Jonathan Colman will be giving the afternoon keynote at SearchFest 2015 which will take place Friday, February 27, 2015 in Portland Oregon.

Really enjoy taking #bestdogever here. She's a big, 85-lb. rottweiler mix and they handled her with love and care. She can be especially skittish about having her nails trimmed, but the staff here were friendly and patient with her. All that for a very reasonable price! I (and #bestdogever) will be coming back again soon!
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My wife just left here in TEARS. She's had appointment for over a week to deal with a painful eye issue that's interfering with her ability to drive, work, and function. But apparently the eye doctor with whom she had the appointment decided to retire. Which wouldn't have been a problem, except that the West Seattle-Highline office staff didn't do anything about it. They. Did. Nothing. At. All. The office staff never reached out to my wife to inform her that the appointment they set just over a week ago was cancelled, even though they had her phone number and contact information. So she showed up expecting to have an appointment and solution for her pain and left with... nothing! The office staff couldn't transfer her to another doctor and said that the rest of their doctors were booked through the end of next month. WTF?! My wife had to stop work to come to this appointment, and that's the least of her concerns since she's in constant eye pain right now. What's wrong with this place that they treat their customers this way? The worst part is that my wife's been to this clinic before and had a good experience the first time. Well, she's not going again, that's for sure. DO NOT GO TO THE WEST SEATTLE-HIGHLINE EYE CLINIC. I refuse to support any business that FAILS so hard on customer service, especially for people who are in pain and need help the most.
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