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How long has Social Security had a website?

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The Social Security administration announced the launch of its official website in 1994, although the public could see it at SSA.gov as early as late 1993. Social Security accepted the first online claims applications for retirement benefits in 2001.

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Prior to 1993, the Social Security Administration had a limited Internet presence by means of USENET newsgroups and dial-up email services. At the advent of the Social Security website, it had 20 pages of information on retirement, disability, survivors and other programs. In 1994 and 1995, Social Security began posting official forms and also developed a Spanish website. By 2014, the Social Security website had over 45,000 pages of information and 17 million visitors a month.

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