Maine puts Web 2.0 spin on state site

Maine has added a number of interactive features to its newly redesigned Web site. Visitors to now can send out alerts using Twitter, which notifies subscribers of state alerts via the Web, e-mail, instant messages or text messages on their cell phones. now also provides a 'predictive' search that displays matching results as users type a search for a service or agency.

The state agency contact directory has also been expanded and includes Microformats, schemas written for very narrowly defined purposes that can be placed within Hypertext Markup Language-based Web pages. Site visitors will be able to easily add agency contact information to their own computer address books using Microformats, Maine officials said.

And to boost accessibility, Maine has added closed captioning on all video presented through the site. provides access to more than 375 online government services, including vehicle registration, professional license renewal, hunting and fishing licenses, traffic ticket payments, and business tax registration.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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