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Wikipedia VP Watchers: Now There's an App for That

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 10 2012

There's nothing like the ingenuity of mobile app developers, apparently. This just in: In response to my story Monday suggesting that edits on the Wikipedia pages of potential Republican vice presidential candidates could be a tip-off to Mitt Romney's pending announcement, a Silicon Valley engineer and author named Martin Ford has built "Romney VP Predictor," an Android app that automatically checks the Wikipedia pages for Mitt Romney's leading vice presidential candidates and then tabulates the number of recent edits to the pages. Read More

Game Over: Wikipedia Locks Down Potential VP Pages In Response to Colbert Mischief-Making

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, August 8 2012

The act of observing something can sometimes change the thing being observed. Case in point: my observation on Monday that we might be able to get useful clues as to the identity of Mitt Romney's vice president pick by watching for a surge of edits on their Wikipedia page. Not any more. Those pages have been protected from excessive editing by site administrators, apparently acting after comedian Stephen Colbert called on his viewers last night to help pick the VP by editing their favorite's page. Read More

How to Spot Romney's Vice President Pick in Advance

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 6 2012

If past history is any guide, the tip-off to Mitt Romney's choice for his running mate may come from watching the Wikipedia pages of the likely contenders — and spotting a last-minute surge in edits. Read More

It's the Romney Veepstakes, Pushed Straight to Your Phone

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 31 2012

Mitt Romney's Digital Director Zac Moffatt says that push notifications through smartphone apps are a better way of notifying huge numbers of people about timely events than text messages. Read More

Florida PAC Lets Internet Users Create Own Voiceovers For Romney Campaign Ad

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 23 2012

Florida Watch Action, a Democratic Political Action Committee, has created a new widget on one of its microsites that enables Internet users to create their own voiceovers for a Romney campaign ad. People who provide ... Read More

How 'You're So Bain' Went Viral On the Web

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, July 18 2012

Roger Chiocchi has been creating politically-oriented YouTube videos for the past three years as a "hobby," but it wasn't until last Friday that one of his creations, "You're So Bain," caught on fire online. The video, a four-and-a-half minute critique of Mitt Romney's wealth and his tenure at Bain, sets Chiocchi's scathing lyrics to Carly Simon's 1972 hit "You're So Vain" and uses Jib Jab-style caricatures and photos to make its point. Read More

Poetry of the Email Subject Line: Urgent

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 12 2012

Hey This is important Also Help Excuse me I want to buy you a cup of coffee Drop what you're doing Urgent A big problem right now Scary We could lose if this continues I will be outspent --B.H. Obama Answer this call ... Read More

Beyond "Bitter Twitter": Crowd-Photography for the Cyber-Tahrir Square

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 10 2012

If you're following the presidential campaign via Twitter, you know that each side is using the medium to strafe the other. But with the help of powerful network mapping tools, we discovered there's actually a lot more happening in the Twittersphere around those daily diversions. Thanks to connection technologies, people, events and ideas are coalescing in fascinating patterns online. There's a big "Tahrir Square" level of political demonstration underway, and with this post, we start mining the data to spot the communities among the crowds. Read More

Romney Campaign Asks Supporters To Become Bundlers Online

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 9 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign piggybacked on the success of its June fundraising numbers on Monday by sending out an e-mail asking supporters to start social fundraising pages on the campaign's Web site. Read More

RNC And Romney Slam Obama Online Over Tepid Jobs Report

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 6 2012

The Republican National Committee released a new online video and statement on Friday slamming President Obama over the weak jobs report released by the Labor Department. The video features a a clip of CNBC's Chief ... Read More