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Delaware's home page has a word cloud. Also known as a category cloud or a tag cloud. You know, one of those lists of words, some bigger than others, that show which subjects visitors have clicked on the most. I can't recall any other government home page having a word cloud. Are there others?
I can't decide whether it's edgy or sooo 2007. But it does, in its reductionist way, help people navigate the site. That is, if they understand that they can click on one of those words to get more info.
The word cloud shows that visitors to the site search for information on employment issues more than any other subject. "Wanted persons" is the second most popular.
Many visitors also click on child support, courts, department of education, DMV, inmates, jobs, sex offenders, unclaimed property and warrants. Far less visited are the subjects of 529, income tax, real estate, SEED (a scholarship program) and state police. Not that revealing, all in all. But a quick and interesting snapshot.
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