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Nick Bouton
Works at Taunt Media (self-employed)
Attended University of British Columbia
Lives in North Vancouver, BC
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Senior front-end/UX developer
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  • Taunt Media (self-employed)
    Founder & Principal, 2008 - present
  • Habañero Consulting Group
    Senior User Experience Developer, 2008 - 2011
  • ThoughtFarmer
    Product Manager, 2006 - 2008
  • OpenRoad Communications
    Software Developer, 2002 - 2008
  • Versatile Mobile Systems (formerly: evolutionB)
    Software Engineer, 2001 - 2002
  • Tribal DDB Canada
    Technical Director / Web Application Developer, 1998 - 2001
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North Vancouver, BC
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Burnaby, BC - Vancouver, BC
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Front-end/UX developer in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Founder of creative writing site Protagonize.com.
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Social software developer // online community architect.
 
Owner of Taunt Media - software consultancy - web development and front-end/UX development.
 
Founder and developer of Protagonize.com, an award-winning collaborative creative writing community. It's home to over 23,000 authors from around the world.
 
Founder of VanCX, the Vancouver Community Experience Group. The VanCX is here to support owners, managers, developers and designers of online communities and is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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Designed & developed Protagonize.com all on my lonesome.
Education
  • University of British Columbia
    Computer Science, 1996 - 1998
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
    Associate's Certificate, Java Programming (part-time), 2000 - 2002
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Ever wonder how to get the most out of your icon #fonts ? Try subsetting and encoding them for a little piece of icon font-optimization heaven.  #webdev   #typography  
So you're sitting there, looking at an amazing set of font icons. As we know, icon fonts are awesome. Every vector icon you ever wanted, here in this lovely treasure trove of an embeddable web font. All in…
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If you were a backer of TDTCTAC on +Kickstarter, looks like you can still recoup a little of the game concept here. Thanks to +Keith Baker and +Lee Moyer for their hard work in salvaging what's left of the project.
 
+Keith Baker explains that he and +Lee Moyer were also hosed by the Kickstarter collapse of his game The Doom That Came to Atlantic City. He needs backer contact info to deliver a print and play version:   
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Moar previews!
 
Hey there Protaggers, another v2.0 beta sneak peek for you this warn Sunday afternoon. Getting close to the finish line, watch for more later this week. :)
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2.0..... My, My, you do stay busy don't you Nick
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Not minding the new +Google+ redesign conceptually, but the forced left-alignment kinda bugs me, particularly on profile pages. On a 30" monitor, there's a whole lotta whitespace on the right-hand side.
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So it looks as though Forbes's +Paul Tassi has had some unwanted feedback based on his original claim that Google Plus is going the way of the dodo. I don't disagree with his assessment, although he might be overstating things a tad.

His latest post follows up on his earlier claims that G+ is an empty wasteland. While my "stream" may not be as dead as his, it's pretty cluttered with industry professionals promoting this video or that blog post, and there isn't a lot of FB-style content. So far, the majority of my close friends and family are still on Facebook, but barely any are on G+ (including my wife, who could easily have been described as a hardcore Facebook user back in the day.) There's just very little for them to gain in up and moving to a new network, and thus far social media/tech-savvy Twitter users seem to make up most of G+'s early adopters.

It may be this year's "next big thing", but it's not really adding a ton of value versus the concerted effort involved in migrating hundreds of contacts from another network. It has a couple of neat new ideas, but mostly overlaps its competition's features. What it doesn't seem to have is the oomph to pull over the mainstream Facebookers... we'll see if that develops with time, but I can't see it happening.

Tassi's right in questioning the app's "Facebook killer" status. The content and level of vehemence in the responses he's gotten are indicative that if anything, G+ is overlapping more with Twitter's self-promotional user base than Facebook's.

In any case, "meh." Yet another social network.
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Well, I rather see it cluttered with industrial professionals than my friend's ranting and posting, but that's just my personal preference. I got more use out of Twitter than FB in the past. I see G+ as more of an expanded version of Twitter, more involved than Twitter. I'm really liking my design & art circles.
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The irony of having to post this to Google+.
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More beta preview!
 
What say you, Protaggers? Another sneak peek? Sure! Here's a look at the new group view. Enjoy!
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+Alexei White - Yup, groups are the only area that have the large banner format. That's the max height, though, can be shorter based on how the group manager crops it. I prefer the full height, more memorable and more visual real estate for a creative banner.

For what it's worth - it's in between Vimeo's group headings (240px) and Facebook's Timeline (315px) cover image vertical size-wise.
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Hey guys, just getting setup here on +Google+. Follow us for updates about the site and for our features every week!
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I defended against a #zergrush on Google Search.
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The always enlightening +Christopher Allen with some elaborate thoughts on managing your social circles with Google+.
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