FCC.gov 2.0 Preview: FCC launches FCC.us URL shortener

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Later this week, a new version of FCC.gov will go live. It’s a complete redesign of the Federal Communications Online presence. You could even call it a reboot, in keeping with the FCC launch of reboot.gov last January.

There’s much more to report on when the new FCC.gov goes online. For now, here’s a preview of something nifty that’s already live: the new FCC custom URL shortener, FCC.us.

The new custom URL shortener, is based upon bit.ly, like the 1.usa.gov URL shortener for civilian use. It automatically shortens any FCC.gov that’s shortened using bit.ly or the shorter j.mp. For instance, FCC.gov/developer becomes http://fcc.us/bkJYlG. In a new media world that is often shortened to 140 characters, that’s rather handy.

More to come soon.

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  • http://GovTwit.com dslunceford

    Did they mention any particular rationale behind branding the shortener w/FCC vs using Go.USA.gov/1USA.gov?

    If “dotgov” is seen as one marker of legitimacy for a government website, why not stick with that marker for a shortener?

    • http://flavors.me/digiphile Alex Howard

      From Twitter, @StevenVFCC wrote: “Simple: Go.USA.gov is 10 chars and FCC.us is 6. Team player, but 4 chars matter. Tried to get f.cc yesterday. No luck.”

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