Celebrating a Decade Online
Go back in time, to the year 2000. A big sigh of relief that we survived Y2K. Fire up your modem and phone line, and hop (or crawl) online to the World Wide Web. Looking for the County's web portal? You won't find it at miamidade.gov. Rather you had to type in a very long URL only to see a handy list of County departments slowly appearing on your screen, replete with individual logos and phone numbers. And since there aren't any services available online, it would be time to pick up the phone to ask a question to get something done.
Ah, how far we've come in a decade! In April 2001, Miami-Dade County unveiled miamidade.gov, our portal -- or window -- into online government. A forerunner in the world of electronic government, miamidade.gov was designed around services, not departments, offering consistent navigation along with a handful of online services, including the ability to pay parking tickets online, request a County service and renew occupational licenses.
But that was just the beginning of a ten year evolution of service provision. Since those early days, the list of online services has grown to over 100. Each year, $536 million in payments are made online. Our online property records host over 400,000 searches a day. And our GIS maps online are so precise, you can spot your dog sitting on your back porch.
Visitors can "sit in" on government meetings, search legislation, learn about their elected officials decisions and policies, as well as find all the latest legal ads.
With newer technologies, we don't have to sit back and wait for people to visit us online. Each day, the portal sends out hundreds of messages to our subscribers, reminding residents that they need to put their recycling cart at the curb, that the Metrorail is experiencing delays, or informing them of important events and activities.
So what did your computer look like in the year 2000? No doubt, it took up a large chunk of real estate on your desktop. These days, your computer can be as tiny as your cell phone, and that's no worry for miamidade.gov, which is fully mobile enabled. One better, we offer an app for Blackberries and iPhones that links users with County services.
Not so long ago, Facebook exploded onto cyberspace and overtook Google as the most popular U.S. site on the Internet. Guess what? You'll find us there too! Miami-Dade County has a Facebook page and Twitter account that posts information to thousands of users and links them right back to our portal, miamidade.gov.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:55:55 AM
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