In case you missed our first announcement in September, Go.USA.gov is a URL shortener created by USA.gov in coordination with the Drupal community. It only shortens government URLs – that is: .mil, .gov, .fed.us, and .si.edu URLs. People can click on Go.USA.gov URLs and know that they will be taken to an official source of government information.
Go.USA.gov also provides data for shortened URLs, including the number of clicks and referrers for each URL. This allows users to measure the impact of their outreach.
We've been stress testing Go.USA.gov for the past six months and are thrilled to announce that anyone with a .mil, .gov, .fed.us, or .si.edu email address can now create a Go.USA.gov account and begin shortening URLs right away. If you are a government employee, but are unable to register, please contact us.
Register your account now!
Why we created Go.USA.gov
Go.USA.gov is designed to create a better user experience for people who interact with the government online. The service allows agencies to present users with trustworthy short .gov URLs on Twitter and other online services with character restrictions.
Another benefit of Go.USA.gov is that it tracks clicks to gather real-time data about what's popular across government. This data will become more valuable as more agencies use Go.USA.gov and it will allow us to better gauge citizens' interests and needs. You can see the most popular 25 shortened URLs on our homepage right now.
Who is using Go.USA.gov?
Over 700 public servants across all levels of government have registered to use Go.USA.gov. So far, Go.USA.gov users have shortened over 3,000 URLs that have been clicked over 450,000 times.
Why not Go.gov?
Go.USA.gov was created to serve citizens and they are the ultimate end users. We believe that including USA.gov in the shortened URLs makes them more intuitive and meaningful to the public. Many Internet users may not realize that .gov is the exclusive top-level domain of the US government and USA.gov adds context.
What's to come
We're tracking usage of Go.USA.gov very closely right now and plan to add more features and functionality as we get feedback from users. If you find anything about Go.USA.gov that you'd like to fix or improve, please let us know.
How you can improve Go.USA.gov
If you're a developer, you should be happy to know that Go.USA.gov is open source. Please contact us if you'd like us to notify you when we're ready to collaborate with developers. Go.USA.gov was built using Drupal.
If you have more questions about Go.USA.gov, please check out our FAQs or contact us.