NPR:

One way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders’ Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.

In 2008, as The Washington Post wrote at the time, “just hours before [Sen. John] McCain declared his veep choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, her Wiki page saw a flurry of activity, with editors adding details about her approval rating and husband’s employment. … Palin’s entry was updated at least 68 times, with at least an additional 54 changes made to her entry over the preceding five days.”

Meanwhile, the Post said, “on Aug. 22, the day before the Obama campaign officially named [then-Sen. Joe] Biden as the veep pick, Biden’s Wiki page garnered roughly 40 changes. Over the five days prior, users would make at least 111 other changes to his entry.”

The obvious — in hindsight — implications of the Wiki activity: Aides were going into the entries to tune them up and clean out any material that was either embarrassing or erroneous.

So what’s going on now with some of those said to be among the leading possibilities to be joining Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket?

  • Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s Wiki page has been revised 16 times so far today, by someone called “River8009.”
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Wiki page has been revised nine times so far today and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
  • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Wiki page has been tweaked four times today.
  • Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Wiki page has been edited once today, and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Wiki page hasn’t been edited today, but was revised eight times from Aug. 3-4.
  • New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Wiki page has not been touched today. It was last revised on July 28.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Wiki page hasn’t been revised since July 24.
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  1. nepotized reblogged this from maxistentialist and added:
    One way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders’ Wikipedia pages...
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    I have my doubts if Mitt would choose Sentor Marco Rubio but Mitt always changes his mind so who knows
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    Leaving no stone unturned in the hunt for Romney’s VP, NPR blogs this interesting bit. Now all the Wiki edits on the...
  9. nwanevu reblogged this from nationaljournal and added:
    Huh. Why didn’t I think of that?
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  11. raucouscaucus reblogged this from sheercalculatedsilliness and added:
    I’m calling it for “Snore”man.
  12. sheercalculatedsilliness reblogged this from nationaljournal and added:
    uegh, rob portman is so boring I just forgot his name as I was typing this
  13. jeanralphiovaljean reblogged this from andrewgraham and added:
    This is such a smart idea.
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  17. justinreuter reblogged this from nationaljournal and added:
    Can you believe it? Wikipedia can predict the future!
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  19. kungfupandahiya reblogged this from girlwithalessonplan and added:
    Huh. That’s interesting.
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  22. aspiringpolymath reblogged this from laughterkey and added:
    Gah. I’d bet Romney picks Portman because Ohio is such a hotly contested state, and voters who aren’t paying attention...
  23. furiousfurious reblogged this from laughterkey and added:
    The internet. You can run, but you can’t hide.
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