20th Anniversary: City of Albuquerque Website
Dec. 16, 2014
Albuquerque - Twenty years ago today, the City of Albuquerque took an innovation step for its residents, visitors, and businesses – it launched a website. With the first four words of “Can you see me?” posted on its website, the City of Albuquerque became one of the first U.S. municipalities to venture onto the World Wide Web.
It was 1994. Yahoo! had yet to incorporate. Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser had yet to launch. eBay hadn't yet been founded, and the domain "Google.com" hadn't been registered. But the City of Albuquerque had a website.
Today, cabq.gov serves as the primary communications channel for the City of Albuquerque and the public. The website offers online services, news announcements and event information, feedback forms, maps, data sets, transit schedules, and much more.
"Albuquerque has a long history of innovation and technological discovery," Chief of Staff Gilbert Montaño said. "Innovations made here, in both the private sector and the public arena, have helped change the world. Our work in Albuquerque is being noticed regularly outside the Albuquerque city limits."
Innovation in Albuquerque
For the second year in a row, Albuquerque was recognized as one of the Top 10 Digital Cities in the United States for 2014. In 2015, Code for America fellows will partner with Albuquerque and work to improve access for social services and employment opportunities. And Monday, Dec. 15, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Albuquerque is one of a dozen U.S. cities selected to help effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives.
"The City of Albuquerque website will continue to be on the forefront of innovation, providing information, and facilitating communication between citizens and the City government," Chief Information Officer Peter Ambs said. "Through our interactive website, we will continue to offer services of all types for our community."
Stats About CABQ.gov
- In 2014, the City website has logged nearly 6 million visitor sessions to date.
- Visits to the site come from almost 230 different countries, and 98 percent of those visitors browse in English.
- About 61.8 percent of all sessions come from the Albuquerque-Santa Fe metro area.
Back in 1994, the World Wide Web was much smaller than it is today.
According to NetCraft and Internet Live Stats, there were 2,738 websites and 448,389,000 Internet users in 1994. In 2013, those figures jumped to 672,985,183 websites and 2.75 billion Internet users.