Obama and McCain Winning Wikipedia Primary
Josh Levy asks, “Who’s winning the Wikipedia primary?”
According to this cool site showing Wikipedia traffic, Barack Obama‘s entry is the seventh most-viewed article on Wikipedia — and the most viewed among articles about actual people (he falls behind Valentine’s Day, three special Wikipedia pages, and the entry for Wiki), with 1,934,492 views in February. John McCain’s entry is in ninth place, with 1,151,929 views in February. Hillary Clinton’s page is far, far below those two, around 75th place with only 422,124 views last month (there are other Clinton-related pages even further down the list).
My guess is that this is a function of Clinton being relatively better known than the other candidates (she’s been on the A-list since her husband was elected president 16 years ago), Obama’s appeal to the young folks most likely to use Wikipedia, and McCain being the Republican nominee-in-waiting. Still, it’s somewhat amusing.