I, like many, went straight to Wikipedia when I heard the news that Palin was McCain’s VP choice because a) I assumed it would be fairly concise and b) it showed up high on the Google results. I wasn’t overly surprised to see that the page had already been updated to say that she was the nominee. Soon after stories started to come out about a single user (who went by “YoungTrigg”) that did a hefty amount of the editing.
Like I said, the Times did a fine job summing up the story, so I’ll just add a few thoughts: First, Wikipedia is now the number one result for Sarah Palin. That’s a pretty amazing thing. We kind of take Wikipedia for granted now, but it’s kind of crazy to think that this thing written by hundreds or thousands of people is more influential than anything coming out of a single mainstream media outlet. Not saying it’s a good thing or a bad thing, just an impressive thing. Second, and I mentioned this when I wrote about Russert’s wikipedia entry, but the speed at which Wikipedia can update major stories is extraordinary. It’s reaching a point in its reach and influence that all changes (for major people/events) are made immediately. In economic terms, there it’s coming close to perfect efficiency.
Hard to believe.