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Wikipedia and Predicting the Next Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee

Is it possible that Wikipedia can predict the next Democratic Vice Presidential nominee? During the 2008 Presidential election “The Washington Post” made an interesting discovery, before Sen. John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate her Wikipedia page had been edited over 65 times during that day. Can the same be predicted this Presidential election with Hillary Clinton’s yet-to-be-announced running mate?

Over the past ten days several high profile politicians have seen multiple edits to their Wikipedia pages suggesting that they may be potential picks for Mrs. Clinton’s Vice President. Among those being edited include Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who toured with Mrs. Clinton earlier in July, Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio, and Julian Castro who is the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The pages that have seen the most edits come from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia. Vilsack’s page has had over 30 Wikipedia edits in the past ten days however many of those were from registered Wikipedia users and those edits were to clean up his page. Senator Kaine’s page has seen over 90 edits, many from one user in particular.

Wikipedia can be used whether you are an individual, business, or a non-profit organization as a valuable digital tool. When looking to increase you or your organization’s online presence, a Wikipedia page can be an asset. However it is important to your image that the Wikipedia page is formatted properly, written in a certain style, and has the proper references.