2 Highlighted Features

1. Search Your Twitter Lists

Does your agency have dozens of Twitter accounts? Do you have a public Twitter list for these accounts? You can now opt to index tweets from your lists. You can either:

  • Show tweets from your Twitter account only (for example, index and show tweets from @USDA only)
  • Show tweets from your account’s public lists (for example, index and show tweets from the all members of @USDA’s list, USDA Twitter accounts).

(Thanks, NIH.gov team, for suggesting this new feature!)

2. Search Your Multimedia Galleries

Do you have a multimedia gallery on your website for your agency’s photos, images, videos, podcasts, or other multimedia content? Do you use a content management system, database, or media RSS (MRSS) feed to power this gallery?

You can now opt to index MRSS feeds so that your multimedia content is automatically included in your search results.

MRSS is the standard media RSS specification for syndicating multimedia content. So, even if you don’t have an MRSS feed now, it should be easy to generate one as long as your content is in a content management system or other database. MRSS is also the standard specification used by hosted multimedia services such as Flickr, Instagram, Vimeo, and YouTube.

Email us at search@support.digitalgov.gov if you have any questions about how to set up an MRSS feed to index your multimedia content.

(Thanks, USGS.gov team, for suggesting this new feature!)

Other Features

  • For each result, searchers now see the URL directly under the title. The order is now title-URL-description. It had previously been title-description-URL.
  • Searchers using screen readers now hear plain language labels for the search box—Enter your search term (English) and Ingrese su búsqueda (Spanish).
  • When searchers opt to allow us to use their location, they now see jobs that are geographically closest them.
  • Mobile searchers now see your site’s display name as the alt tag for your mobile logo.
  • You can now access jobs data in our search API so that, if you use our API, you can display jobs in your search results.
  • Searchers on Spanish-language websites now see the Jobs GovBox when they search on jobs-related terms. For example, a Jobs GovBox appears on GobiernoUSA.gov for a search on trabajos.

Chores

  • We updated how we index and store RSS feeds, including YouTube feeds, so that we index each feed only one time.
  • We now return a Bad Request message for recalls API searches that specify a page greater than 20, which is outside of the allowed range.
  • When available, we now pull CPSC’s URLs for their recalls from their 301 or 302 response headers.
  • We now filter out federal jobs with more than 20 locations.
  • We removed the code for our forms feature on USA.gov and federal forms API. Follow @ProjectMyUSA to see how the MyUSA team is working to improve the public’s experience with federal forms.
  • We removed the code that created a separate mobile version of USA.gov. Visit http://www.USA.gov to see its new, responsive design.
  • We updated the cron script for our monthly analytics emails.
  • We updated our stemming file.

Fixes

  • We fixed the pagination in our search API so that the API now consistently returns 10 results (1-10, 11-20, 21-30, etc).
  • We tweaked the Spanish translations for the jobs GovBox.
  • We fixed the link for the advanced search operators on the Spanish-language advanced search page to point to the corresponding Spanish-language help.
  • We now correctly identify the Food and Drug Administration or Food Safety and Inspection Service as the data sources in our recalls API.
  • We fixed how we handle registered trademarks in the recalls API so that searchers can now find items such as Zicam®.
  • We now provide a better response when an API call specifies the ‘doc’ index but doesn’t include the required, complementary ‘dc’ parameter.