Today we launched another update to THOMAS: our @THOMASdotgov Twitter feed is now dynamically updating on the homepage in the right column. It is just below the Weekly Top Five. Did you know if you hover over any item in the top five you can see the title? One of our goals with the Twitter account is to provide timely alerts about legislative developments and, with this change, now we can do that directly from the homepage.
We’ve added a new way to browse legislation: by subject terms. If you browse through the list you can see how many items have been tagged with each subject during this Congress. A sample of the terms available to browse by includes education, energy, immigration, health, and law.
The last update was to enhance some of the URLs within the Share/Save toolbar. Do you use the toolbar? I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating that it really is a wonderful addition to THOMAS. By clicking on Share/Save, you can quickly post a bill to Facebook, tweet about it, email it, or even copy the URL for use later (like in a blog post :-)). Unlike most websites, a lot of the links displayed in the address bar on THOMAS are temporary. If you try to share by copy and pasting from there, the temporary link won’t work after thirty minutes. The Share/Save toolbar helps avoid this by providing the permanent link to items within THOMAS.
For more background on some of the changes to THOMAS, you can see the slides from our recent AALL presentation or click through these links on the many enhancements that have occurred over the last two years.