Go Ask Alice! History

  • 1993
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    Go Ask Alice! begins. Initially only available to Columbia students.

  • 1994

    Go Ask Alice! goes live on the internet, likely making it the oldest major health Q&A site on the web.

  • 1996

    Go Ask Alice! publishes the 1000th Q&A.

  • 1997

    Syndication of Go Ask Alice! Q&As in campus newspapers and other print sources around the country begins.

    Go Ask Alice! cited in U.S. Supreme Court case on free speech on the internet.

  • 1998
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    The Go Ask Alice! Book of Answers is published and the site gets an overhaul and updated look.

    Go Ask Alice! is recognized with its first major award, the HEDIR Technology Award presented in conjunction with the American Public Health Association.

  • 1999

    The American Library Association recommends Go Ask Alice! as a web resource on health information for young adults.

  • 2000
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    You no longer have rush to your web browser to check out the new and updated Q&As. Get Alice! in Your Box (our weekly e-mail) starts.

  • 2002

    Go Ask Alice! teams up with MTV in their Fight For Your Rights sexual health campaign.

  • 2003

    Go Ask Alice! celebrates 10 wonderful years and Get Alice! In Your Box has subscribers from 190 countries.

  • 2004
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    The Go Ask Alice! website gets a new look.

  • 2006

    The new update and review quality assurance process is launched.

  • 2007

    Go Ask Alice! wins the Best Practices in College Health Award from the American College Health Association and the Grand Gold Award for outstanding work in health and wellness from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

  • 2009
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    Go Ask Alice! wins a Web Health Award and also joins Facebook. Are you a fan?

  • 2010

    An independent study from Stanford University lists Go Ask Alice! first among websites for accurate reproductive health information on the web. The study was published in Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians.

  • 2011
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    Go Ask Alice! turns 18 and the site gets a brand new look. Included are new features, more interaction, better integration with social media, and a widget to have Go Ask Alice! new Q&As automatically display on other websites.

    More than 1.7 million people visit the site each month.

  • 2012
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    Go Ask Alice! is named one of the best sites on the web for STD & HIV information by Healthline.

    The site was visited more than 22 million times in 2012. Thanks for reading!

  • 2013
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    Once again Go Ask Alice! is named best of the web by Healthline. Two years in a row!

    Go Ask Alice! proudly celebrates 20 years of answering your questions.

  • 2014
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    For the third consecutive year Go Ask Alice! is name best of the web by Healthline. 

    Readership continues to rise with over 4 million people a month visiting the site!

  • 2015

    The site gets another overhaul with a refreshed look and feel. Additionally Go Ask Alice! is built to higher standards of web accessibility to enable better performance for low-vision and blind users.

  • 2016

    After many requests the Go Ask Alice! team begins a project to make campus-specific versions of the site available to other colleges and universities.

  • 2017
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    Once again, Go Ask Alice! has been named one of the Best STD Blogs of the Year by Healthline!

  • 2019

    Go Ask Alice! celebrates 25 years of questionable behavior on the internet!

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