Great piece by Micah Sifry. I’m not so certain that Sifry’s suggestion will be as valid this time around, because Palin, as a relative unknown, had an extremely sparse Wikipedia page. But it’s worth keeping an eye on.
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.
(via Taegan Goddard)