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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gov. Hutchinson Google-izes his website

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:56 AM

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson
has rolled out a new website. In addition to, naturally, touting the guv, it adds a geographic location feature that tailors the page to place of residence.

Among others, if you allow them to geocode you, the welcome page and photos are supposed to represent where you are — a move away from Little Rock-centric presentation.

Can Google ads be far behind? Express an interest in the damages potholes have done to your pickup and a Landers ad pops up with a truck deal?

(I tried this new trick for my Aunt Luna's hometown of Huttig to see what local delights popped up. I got a picture of El Dorado High School, not, as I hoped, a picture of hometown hero Floyd Kramer or a YouTube of "Last Date.") 

Here's the office's release on the features of the new site if you've a mind to check them out:

· GEOLOCATION – When you log on, this new site will establish your location and, in turn, provide a local feel, including the name and photo of that location. To change the location, click on the city and start typing.

· PHOTOS – Nearly every photo you see on this website was provided by an Arkansan who lives in that specified area.

· METRICS – The four blue circles at the top of the homepage keep track of Governor Hutchinson’s “Promises Kept.” These metrics will update on a regular basis and switch in and out from time to time. At this time, the four metrics are: “Taxes Cut,” “Jobs Created,” “Businesses Created or Expanded,” and “Promises Kept.” Each metric is clickable and takes viewers to a specific page.

· “PROMISES KEPT” – This page measures the promises made by the Governor. They are broken down into: GREEN (“Completed”); YELLOW (“Completed, Ongoing”); or BLUE (“In Process”). Most promises lead to a specific page.

· LIVE TILES – In the middle of the homepage you will find the “live tiles” section where specific content will be highlighted. Use the arrows to the left and right of the tiles to navigate through the highlighted content.

· MENU – Click the menu icon (some know it as the “hamburger”) in the top right corner for all other content, including: “Our Office” (Boards & Commissions, Proclamations, Executive Orders), “Online Services” (Scheduling Requests, Proclamations Requests, State Seal Use Form, Internship Application, Citizen Alerts, Flag Status, etc.), “Contact Us” and Social Media links.

· “ASA ON THE ROAD” – When activated, this interactive map at the bottom of the homepage shows you where Governor Hutchinson is going to be (GREEN), where he’s been (RED) and your location (BLUE).

· COMPUTER SCIENCE INITITIVE – This portion of the site is a one-of-a-kind, fully interactive page focusing on the Governor’s computer science initiative. There’s information, videos, computer coding games, resources, etc.

· “ASA & SUSAN” – This is a unique – yet simple – take on the typical “About” section. Considering that the Governor and First Lady have been married for 41 years, it’s fitting that this tile takes you to a page featuring the two of them. This page will develop over time. In the meantime, feel free to click on the “More About Asa” or “More About Susan” link to get to their full, individual bio pages.

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