DougJ and I have decided to purchase a subscription to a live blogging service for the rest of the election. The goal is to buy something that will stay up during the few hours when the site can’t handle the traffic.
Right now, we’re looking at CoverItLive. If you want to see an example of how it works, Slog uses it for all its live events. I’ve used it before for debates in the race blog I ran a few years ago and it worked fine, and was actually a lot of fun. As you can see if you click that link, the blog looks exactly the same, everyone sees the ads, etc., but the back-and-forth takes place in a CoverItLive window. The whole conversation is archived so you can play it back the next day.
You can still use your same commenting handles to participate, and we’ll make sure any front pager who wants it will have full access. We’ll have a test run sometime before the VP debate, probably early next week.
If anyone has used an alternative to CoverItLive, please let us know in the comments.