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I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

I understand how government, Parliament and political parties work. I am equally at home digging out stories from data, social media or interviews as I am covering major set-piece events or explaining how things work to readers.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

My experience with content management systems and knowledge of HTML allows me to include charts, embedded content from third parties and formatting in my work, to create content which encourages interaction and keeps readers on the page.

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There have been lots of new toys to play with lately, with Twitter launching their new "follow" button and Google launching the +1 Button.

You can get them here and here:

http://twitter.com/about/resources/followbutton

http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/index.html

And you might be able see them in action right here at this blog post, somewhere to the right of my smiling photograph (although the +1 button seems a bit unreliable at the moment).

Your "friends and contacts" will see what you have favourited with the +1 button, according to Google. This seems to mean people who have connected to your Google profile. I'm a bit hazy because I personally have never used my Google profile for anything, nor connected to anyone else's Google profile, so I'm not sure how it works. I use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as Skype and Windows Live, but that's it.

Having said that, Google also suggests that the number of +1 "votes" received by a page could appear next to its entry on Google search pages. Google explains:

For example, imagine two women - Arielle and Kyla - who've never met. Arielle, an architect, decides to +1 her favourite design website. Kyla finds the same site on Google Search and sees Arielle's +1, even though she doesn't know Arielle. Arielle's +1 helps Kyla decide to check out the site, and Kyla ends up loving it!

Well, if that's going to work as it sounds, doesn't it change the very nature of Google search from an engine driven by complicated algorithms to one driven by user recommendations? Or am I going too far?

The new Twitter button seems very nice though.

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Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

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