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Jonathon Colman
Works at Facebook, Inc.
Attended University of Washington - Information School
Lives in San Francisco, California
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You Don't Read Code, You Explore It 

Exchange "code" for "interfaces" or "content". #contentstrategy
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Facebook’s New Twist on Location Sharing Puts Users in Control
The social network is rolling out a new feature, Nearby Friends, that allows mobile users to broadcast their general location to their friends. But simple privacy controls give users the power to decide how much more to share.
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Wondering if users will embrace the idea of real-time location sharing. Niche apps like Highlight haven't had much success yet with the concept. I'm personally excited to give it a try!
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How to Fix Wikipedia
"Flatten articles to accommodate my own particular knowledge gaps. I want related terms explained to me inline, just deep enough for me to grasp them and not get distracted from the main article."
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This would be awesome in customer-side support content. I just might have to try it out. Thanks for the inspiration!
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For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point for me: Though Sean Hannity or Sarah Palin and I disagree profoundly on politics – they're personable, kind, and human. If you want to persuade people, you can’t demonize them.
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"We have plenty of tools for sharing memories. Finally Facebook has built a feature that will help us create them."
Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can..
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How We Die

An amazing content experience. Everything on the Web should be this good.
Americans die in smaller portions each year, but what kills us is changing.
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This is a game-changer for mobile photography.
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This is cool - depth of field without the need to upgrade the lens.  
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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
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Content Strategy
Content strategy, Inbound marketing, SEO, information architecture, web analytics, social media, and public speaking
  • Facebook, Inc.
    Content Strategist, 2013 - present
  • REI
    Principle Experience Architect: Content Strategy, Information Architecture, 2012 - 2013
  • REI
    Agile SEO, Inbound Marketing Program Manager, 2008 - 2012
  • The Nature Conservancy
    Associate Director, Digital Marketing, 2004 - 2008
  • 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
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
Helping you build, find, and use the best stuff on the Web for over 15 years.

For over 15 years, Jonathon Colman has helped people and organizations build, find, and use the best stuff on the Web.

Jonathon has worked with organizations like FacebookREIThe Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and IBM connect with their customers, launch platforms and tools, and build communities. By leveraging expertise in SEO/Inbound marketing, social media, web analytics, content strategy and agile methodologies, Jonathon helps organizations become better at what they do so that they can succeed in fulfilling their missions.

Jonathon helped lead a team that won two Webby Awards for The Nature Conservancy in 2009. He’s currently pursuing a master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Washington. Previously, Jonathon served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa where he worked on rural public health issues.

Jonathon has spoken at international conferences on SEO, social media, web analytics, and content strategy. He’s had the honor of presenting at conferences such as MozCon, SMX Advanced, ad:Tech, the Content Strategy Forum, eTail, the National Press Club, and many more. He’s also created and facilitated workplace-based training programs and multi-day labs/workshops on Internet marketing and strategic planning for teams.

Jonathon is married to Marja Huhta, the fused glass jewelry artist and teacher. They live in Seattle, Washington with #bestdogever and love to travel.

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Married on a beach in New Zealand. Photos at
  • University of Washington - Information School
    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
Jonathon Colman's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
The PhD Deluge

To support its research, academia has created a flood of PhDs who fare poorly in the job market.

The Essential Guide to Social Media Etiquette

You’ve read the horror stories: Well-intentioned company makes a social media blunder, and seemingly within moments they’re being criticized

Two Weeks since 2014 IA Summit

It’s been two weeks since we all returned to normal life from the IA Summit. I arrived in DC more energized than I have felt in a LONG time.

Chrome users oblivious to Heartbleed revocation tsunami | Netcraft

In the aftermath of Heartbleed, it has become clear that revoking potentially compromised certificates is essential. On Thursday, CloudFlare

Jonathon Colman - Content Strategist in San Francisco, California

Jonathon Colman - I tell stories and build products. Content strategy at Facebook. Webby Award winner. Powered by coffee.

Conducting heuristic assessments

C o n d u c t in g A n As s e s s me ntUsing Information Architecture Heuristics presented by: Ab b y C o ve rt @ b b y _T...

Brand & Experience (a workbook)

April 30th, 2012 workshop at the RE:DESIGN/UXD conference in San Francisco, CA. The hands-on workshop I ran was on the similarities and diff

UXBASIS – Getting UX integrated

UX BASIS is a process and a set of tools to help your organization engage with your users through the online products that you develop. By b

The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back

Across the U.S., fast food workers are asking: “What am I worth?”

Small Screen, Big Ideas

Now that more designers are adopting a mobile-first approach, traditional websites are changing. But does it make sense to put mobile design

Web Directions South 2014

Seymour Centre Sydney. October 30 & 31 2014. Save the date. Australia's Web Industry conference returns for our 10th edition. Follow us on t

Session 3: Sketching and User-centered Design

This week's UX class covers good design, brainstorming and concepting, sketching, design rules of thumb, and the art of critique. There's a

The Seven Deadly Sins of #Webbys Promotion

Created for the 2014 Webby Awards. It is not a sin to vote Haiku Deck in the productivity category: #webbyawards

How To Get A Great UX Job, U of Washington Presentation

Step by step what you need to do get a great user experience job.

What is User Experience, A Primer - U of Washington

A quick overview of what User Experience is and typical resources you would use to build a website. Also a few recommendations of what books

Content audits should die

Okay, so the title might be a bit dramatic, I’ll grant you. But ye olde content audits… you know the ones: massive spreadsheets with 5000 ro

A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments | ...

You probably already know by now that you should speak with customers and test your product ideas before building them. What you probably do

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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