1,000 Users and 1,000,000 Clicks

This week Go.USA.gov reached two exciting milestones:

  1. We now have over 1,000 registered users on Go.USA.gov.
  2. Go.USA.gov URLs have been clicked over one million times.

We are extremely excited about this growth because it’s helping us get closer to our goal of providing real-time data about what’s popular across government. Because Go.USA.gov is being used by 1,000 people working in different agencies across all levels of government, we’re tracking clicks on links about an astounding variety of information.

Coincidentally, Facebook just released a widget called the Recommendations plugin that allows us to see which Go.USA.gov URLs are most popular on Facebook at any given time. Check it out:

 

Here’s how the Recommendations plugin works, according to Facebook:

The Recommendations plugin shows personalized recommendations to your users. Since the content is hosted by Facebook, the plugin can display personalized recommendations whether or not the user has logged into your site. To generate the recommendations, the plugin considers all the social interactions with URLs from your site. For a logged in Facebook user, the plugin will give preference to and highlight objects her friends have interacted with.

This is a great way for us to combine the breadth of information shared through Go.USA.gov with the social insights of Facebook. Being able to create mashups like this was one of the major motivators behind building Go.USA.gov and we’re looking forward to making more in the future.

We also received a few blog mentions this week. Thanks to Nancy Scola for mentioning Go.USA.gov twice on TechPresident:

If you have ideas on how we can improve Go.USA.gov, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.