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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gary Herbert, master of his domain

Posted By on August 12, 2009, 8:55 AM

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Gov. Gary Herbert jumps immediately to the web, sort of.---

In his four-plus years as the second-in-command, now Gov. Gary Gary Herbert had, as one of his primary responsibilities, oversight of the elections office. In that capacity, he was notable for truly bringing the elections office into the digital century. They developed a robust website that supposedly allowed anyone to quickly search for election results, campaign finance disclosures, and lobbyist reports. It also was touted as a simpler way to file such reports.

The only problem, which was significant, was that the website never seemed to work. And it wasn't that it was primarily confusing for basic computer users. In reality, the more tech-savvy a person, the more frustrating it was to use (and still is, though it is now Greg Bell's problem).

Well, seemingly within minutes of being sworn in, Herbert launched his new homepage for Gov. Herbert. At first glance, it seems easy to navigate, and includes the essentials people want, kind of like the homepage for a book author who doesn't own a computer: contact information, priorities, staff, and a short bio. It is not robust or flashy, but neither is Herbert. On the other hand, he does have a Twitter account (2 entries, 26 followers!) and Facebook pages (personal page: Gary R. Herbert, and two groups: Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert and Gary Herbert for Gov.).

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