|[November 26, 2012]
RI.gov Sees Heavy Web Site Traffic on Election Day Spike Attributed to Increase in Mobile Device Usage
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --(Business Wire)--
The official Web site of the State of Rhode Island, www.ri.gov,
saw heavy traffic on its Board of Elections Results page, www.ri.gov/elections/results,
during the November 6th General Elections. Google (News - Alert) Analytics
reports that during the General Election, the Board of Election Results
page received nearly 200,000 page views on average with most
users spending at least a minute and a half reading page content. This number
has increased since the last General Election in 2008, where the
number of page views reached 124,000 and the average time spent reading
content was less than a minute.
The spike can be attributed to the increase in mobile phone usage to
access information over the web. Over 20,000 page visits were
specifically from mobile devices with an average page visit of nearly 12
seconds. In 2008, the average time spent accessing RI.gov
during the General Election was 7 seconds, so not only are users
accessing the web more often from their mobile device, but they're also
spending more time reading content. Out of all page visits, the top
three mobile devices used to access elections results were Apple iPhone (News - Alert),
Apple iPad, and Apple iPod. This year, RI.gov
optimized he site for mobile first, desktop second. The concept is
called responsive design and the result is a faster,
better experience for everyone without the need for additional
application downloads, although an iPhone application is available in
the iTunes store.
Some features of the Apple (News - Alert) iPhone application include:
Tweets from state agencies and officials
The latest state government news
Access to RI.gov online services
RI.gov Apple iPhone application provides a quick reference to
state agencies, services, maps and current news. The application makes
it easy to locate online government services through a simple search
interface or through topical browsing.
The www.ri.gov Web site
has over one million visits each year and the new responsive
design template and iPhone application provide another gateway for
citizens to interact with government. For more information, visit www.ri.gov/mobile.
is Rhode Island's homepage and official Web site, a collaborative
effort between the state of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Interactive.
The RI.gov Web site and online services are developed and maintained by Rhode
Island Interactive, a Providence-based part of eGovernment firm NIC's
(NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.
About NIC (News - Alert)
NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV)
is the nation's leading provider of official
state government portals, online
services, and secure
payment processing solutions. The company's innovative
eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies
for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country.
NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal,
state, and local agencies that serve 97 million people in the
United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
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