June 24, 2009 By Andy Opsahl
California and Michigan on Tuesday launched redesigned Web portals that display prominent links to government activity on social-networking sites and reorganized access to previously available information.
Ca.gov and Michigan.gov feature more than 50 state agencies that are on Facebook and Twitter in order to provide users with agency-specific data. For example, the Michigan Department of Agriculture's Facebook page lists information about food recalls, and followers of the Michigan Department of Transportation's Twitter page receive transportation-related news and updates.
In California, social networking is popular among several state leaders, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Users can obtain various information from many state agencies and elected officials in six different mediums in the "Connect With Us" section.
Both state portals highlight links on their home pages that direct users to services based on their individual interests. A comprehensive list of state agencies is also readily available for users to familiarize themselves with each agency's functions. Users seeking professional or personal e-government services, such as permit and license requests, online bill payment, unemployment claims and tourism information, also can easily access those services from the home page.
Michigan calls its new e-government tool on the home page the "Michigan Business One Stop."
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