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Facebook Email privacy and Auto-Labeling

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Insulated

I’ve concocted a simple way to keep my gmail cleaner, more private, and track people who contact me through facebook. So… if you own a domain name with email accounts and you use gmail, check this out.

1. Make an email address facebook@your.com.com (mine happens to be facebook [at] jonbolden.com)

2. Set this email address as your Facebook login. Delete all your other ones (if you want to, of course)

3. Create a filter in Gmail that auto labels all mail from that exact address.

Now you can catch all your Facebook notifications easily and also list your email as a non-primary. That way if things ever get hairy or spammy on facebook, you could always change the email address or remove it completely and not expose your actual Gmail address to spammers.

What a Day… Again!!!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

town11

Whew! Wowzers. I haven’t told many folks this but I have taken on a new job as creative director for local software awesomeness, Orgsync. They develop what they call “Collaborative Software for an Online Campus”. It’s essentially a localized version of Facebook with 1,000 more practical features such as sharing calendars between student organizations to paying your fraternity dues online. Pretty cool eh? Saves tons of paperwork, time, and makes it easy for a student to consolidate all their college happenings into one single package. My job is redesign the interface. It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve made huge leaps in designing for 508 Accessibility standards, advanced usability, and working with Ruby on Rails (fallen in love, madly). On top of that, I’m working to revamp the front end and bring the site home to a full scale presence bursting with networking and integrations.

Unlike previous companies I’ve worked with or for, Orgsync’s appetite for innovation is insatiable. They’re not just concerned with having the best and coolest features, but using the best methods with agile development to get there. I remember the days of wanting to change things and not being able to due to old school developers. That’s out the window. We all call the shots on a daily basis and we all are there to catch each other’s shortcomings, rather than pointing fingers. Pretty cool environment, I must say. It’s a lot like a good improv troupe (but anything can be compared to improv).

This is becoming a long post but eff it. Today I did the following madness:

7:00 – 8:00 – Worked on a friend’s site

9:00 – 10:00 – Did some Orgsync stuff at a coffeeshop

10-11:00 – Did passport photos for a friend / associate

11:00 – 2:00 – Worked on Orgsync

2:00 – 3:00 – Food lunch time with my good friend, Clinkenbeard

3:00 – 7:30 – Orgsyncing at the library (had enough coffee that day)

7:30 – 8:30 – Foodage at East Side Pies

8:30 – 9:45 – Awesome improv jam at the New Movement Theatre

10:00 – 11:30 – Spoke with great friend, Luke Eddy, via phone

11:30 – 11:45 – Wrote a worthless blog post explaining what I did today, as if folks cared… (meta)

Accessibility Certification

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

By the end of the summer, I will be a certified web accessibility expert. Pretty cool eh?