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December 2, 2015

After 17 years, marin.org - the County of Marin's catch-all, online resource for information about and event listings of government organizations, educational institutions, non-profits, and local businesses - has come to the end and is to be phased out Spring 2016. Information has become ubiquitous and the directory listing structure that marin.org once championed has been replaced by streamlined searching, much of which is facilitated by another 1998 innovation, Google. Consequently, the marin.org community while still relevant has become unrefined and outdated.

This has led to the decision to retire the online community. As of today, it is no longer possible to become a member of marin.org. Existing members will be able to update their listings and post to the calendar until March 31st, 2016. On April 30th, marin.org will cease to exist and will redirect to marincounty.org.

Back in 1998, the County of Marin partnered with like-minded organizations to create an online community, marin.org, where Marin-based organizations and business could connect with the new, blossoming online community, highlighting their services and events. To facilitate this connection, marin.org provided member listings and a community calendar. At one time, web hosting was even provided on marin.org to help organizations overcome this hurdle in the early years of consumer Internet use.

Over the years, marin.org grew and became a wealth of information for the Marin resident and anyone interested in the great things our county has to offer. At the height of the online communities use, the site received over 1 million pages views monthly and detailed approximately 4000 member listings. The community truly embodied the spirit of Marin County.

The community portal continued to deliver on its promise while the Internet grew around it. As technology continued to develop and be adopted, local organizations and business created their own independent online spaces and communities, many outgrowing and surpassing what marin.org had to offer.

The market has become saturated and many resources now fill the need that marin.org sought to meet, including the County of Marin's own website, marincounty.org. The For Residents section aims to notify county residents of the services available to them. Much of this content was gleaned from the community sourced content on marin.org. Additional resources include, new community portal startups like Nextdoor, local periodicals, and visitors bureaus. We invite you to take a look at what these resources have to offer.

The marin.org community has informed and connected the online community. The County of Marin is proud of its success and what has been accomplished. We look forward to continued innovation in the online community space and hope you will take part in it. If you are not finding the community space that you desire, we encourage you to continue in the steps of marin.org and continue to innovate. Who knows what connection and collaboration the future holds?

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

The Marin.org Team and the County of Marin

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