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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

The Slow End of a Campaign Online

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 17 2011

Tim Pawlenty's online campaign is taking a long time to die. After placing third in the Ames Straw Poll last weekend, the former Minnesota governor released a new online ad and announced on Twitter that he was looking ... Read More

'Gaming' the Ames Straw Poll

BY Nick Judd | Friday, August 12 2011

ClickZ's Kate Kaye has a great look at how campaigns are going digital in their quest to win the Ames Straw Poll. Here's her describing how Republican political consulting firm Engage built a platform for former ... Read More

Tim Pawlenty: the Happy Tweeting Warrior

BY Andrew Seo | Friday, July 22 2011

Just by looking at Tim Pawlenty's Twitter feed, you couldn't tell that the former Minnesota Governor was falling in the polls. While some GOP candidates tweet incessantly at and about President Barack Obama and others ... Read More

Tim Pawlenty Delivers a Twitter Keynote

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 19 2011

Republican presidential hopeful and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty just finished an "appearance" at TweetMyJobs, a conference on jobs and the economy held entirely on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. Pawlenty ... Read More

The GOP YouTube Primary: Pawlenty vs Cain vs Paul

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 13 2011

James Kotecki, he of the funny-stick-figure-dorm-room-YouTube-interviews of 2008 presidential candidates, has a smart piece up on The New Republic's website parsing the current Republican field of declared presidential ... Read More

Pawlenty's "Google Test" Has Fans in Digital Government

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 8 2011

Tim Pawlenty; photo credit: Gage Skidmore Talking about the need to reduce the size of government, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says that he thinks about applying "The Google Test." The what ... Read More

The Making of Tim Pawlenty's Campaign Launch

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

New from the Pawlenty campaign: a YouTube video billed as a "behind-the-scenes" look at the former Minnesota governor's presidential announcement in Iowa. (via Playbook) The Pawlenty campaign seems eager to ... Read More

The Dems Are Killing It When It Comes to Political Satire Websites

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 25 2011

Exciting Things About Tim Pawlenty by Matt Ortega. Read More

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