On May 1st 2010, Dan and I took the life changing step of leaving our full time jobs in London to set out on a trip around the world. We founded Contentini as a way to formalize the content and user experience focused freelance work we had been doing breathlessly and passionately in our (limited) spare time. Over the past year, Contentini has grown enormously. We have hundreds of subscribers to our blog, have found an inspiring online community and we’ve been run off our feet with consultancy work. Our international roster of clients are spread across the world, including in Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK.
During the past few months, a whole new set of changes have been set in motion and we’re excited to finally be able to share them with you.
Content Strategy at Facebook
As of April 1st 2011, we officially dialed down the amount of travel we’ve been doing. As exhilarating as it has been to see the world, we are both ready to find a place to settle into – an inspiring place with both internet access and a stable power supply (a combination we often found difficult to find in South East Asia). We’ve moved to Vancouver, Canada where we will be until the end of September, when we’ll move to San Francisco indefinitely.
I have accepted a Content Strategy position with Facebook. I started my new job on Monday and for someone like me who is obsessed with the finer details of micro copy and the particulars of content strategy within an interface environment, this is pretty much an opportunity of a life time. I am part of a team of some of the most clever and creative people I’ve ever met, working on exciting content that will impact the experience of millions of users. It’s fantastic and I can already feel my thinking about content strategy, user experience and the web in general growing and expanding.
Upcoming Book and Product Launches
Dan is hard at work on putting the final touches on his forthcoming book, A Practical Guide to Web App Success, which will be published this Autumn by Five Simple Steps. The experience of watching his book take shape and getting an inside view of the Mark Boulton team at work has been wonderful and I’m so excited for the rest of you to read it. Dan is also finally making time to work on a variety of brilliant apps and tools that will be released over the coming months, many of them directed at the content strategy community.
The Future is Big
The result of all this change is that we will no longer be taking on consulting work, at least not in the foreseeable future. We do know lots of talented people though, so if you need a recommendation or an introduction, please get in touch. We will continue to use Contentini as a place to blog about content strategy and user experience, and of course, we’ll also use it to let you know about our upcoming launches and products. We are also on Twitter: @contentini, @amythibodeau and @zambonini.
We hope you’ll stick around.
Image Credit: Giant tree in front of Facebook HQ, taken by Amy Thibodeau