California Tops ‘OhMyGov!’ Survey of State Websites

State Technology Update - May 5, 2010

In a survey of state government websites, OhMyGov!, a popular blog site that covers government across the nation, has ranked California number one.

The survey credited California with a great overall design and efficient use of mobile phone access, widgets, podcasts, RSS feeds and more.   “Clearly the most populous state, and likewise the cream of the crop in our test,” stated the survey.

OhMyGov! reviewed the homepages of the fifteen most populous states in the U.S. and ranked them on how well they promote social media on their official websites. Criteria include whether the page has links or buttons to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube or other social media sites. The publication also considered whether there’s an official blog of some kind, and any RSS feeds available.

OhMyGov! is focused on better government, including the more creative and efficient use of online resources. 

The CA.gov portal links to interactive features, including widgets, social networking websites, news, and information provided by state agencies. The site provides access to more than 4 million pages of information, services, and online transactions. Some of the features include:

  • More than 1,000 live highway traffic camera feeds,
  • A live help operator available to chat Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time,
  • 83 Twitter accounts, with total of 2.3 million followers,
  • 40 YouTube channels, with a total of 11.1 million video views,
  • 36 Facebook pages, with a total of 305,000 fans; and
  • Nearly 100 RSS feeds and email subscription services.

The CA.gov portal receives an average of 7.3 million unique visitors a month.

Contact:  Bill Maile (916) 549-2845