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The Time Sarah Palin's Sudden Celebrity Crashed Alaska's Website

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

Flash back to 2008, when John McCain named Sarah Palin his vice presidential nominee. She was a relative unknown in national politics, and the sudden deluge of interest about her focused especially in one place — the bio on her webpage.

The techPresident office is rifling through the Sunlight Foundation's* version of a searchable archive of Sarah Palin's emails from her time as governor of Alaska, and finding that while not much of real interest seems to have come from Palin's account, she was copied on an email thread that carries a surprising level of minutiae about how Alaska's state IT staff scrambled to handle increased interest in her bio after it was announced on CNN that she would be the Republican nominee for vice president of the United States.

A detailed account of gov.alaska.gov's adventure in caching and load-balancing is right here for fans of the details.

* Personal Democracy Forum co-founders Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry are senior technology advisers to the Sunlight Foundation.

(With Becky Kazansky)