The announcement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick is rumored to be coming soon. The Republican National Convention speakers were announced yesterday, narrowing down the list of possible candidates—the vice presidential candidate is normally given a special speaking slot. Last week, the Romney campaign highlighted their new smartphone app, boasting that it will break top news to supporters with push notifications, including the VP announcement.
But if official announcements are not your flavor, there is one way we know to scoop the press: Wikipedia. Specifically, Wikipedia edits. For, before the curious Americans descend upon the announced candidates VP page, the campaign—or the party, or just unaffiliated supporters—makes sure it represents their new team member in the best possible light.
Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia page was updated at least 68 times the day before John McCain announced her selection, with another 54 changes made in the five previous days previous. Tim Pawlenty, another leading contender for McCain’s favor, had 54 edits on August 28th, with just 12 in the five previous days. By contrast, the other likely picks — Romney, Kay Bailey Hutchison — saw far fewer changes. The same burst of last-minute editing appeared on Joe Biden’s Wikipedia page, Terry Gudaitis of Cyveillance, told the Washington Post.
Most of the edits, though, have come rapidly within 24 hours of the announcement, so it will be tough to tell who will be picked until soon before it comes out. Nevertheless, Tech President has been watching and cataloguing some of the changes to the rumored shortlist.
The Wiki truth is out there.