January ’12: Which 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Have the Largest Digital Footprints?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

Here’s the latest installment of our ongoing survey of the full range of GOP presidential candidates – possible, presumed, withdrawn, speculated, and fully announced and running alike – to measure their prominences and impacts here in cyberspace, and to rank them according to their PeekScores.

Much has occurred in the GOP race since our last update of this list in November. Among the more notable events, Herman Cain – enjoying a moment as the party’s frontrunner at the time of that last entry – found his campaign derailed and himself withdrawing his candidacy. As has been custom throughout this turbulent race for the nomination, other frontrunners have emerged in the interim between then and now, with Mitt Romney usually polling just a smidgen ahead of the pack, and remaining more or less the one ultimately perceived by the mainstream media as the most likely nominee (although that perception is clung to very tentatively).

(What we did here at PeekYou during that time, in lieu of a December update of this list, is take a more in depth look at the online lives of some of the more prominent candidates. You can see that entry by clicking through here).

Many noteworthy developments have occurred on this list, as it remains as volatile as the race itself has been throughout its many months. The three most dramatic changes from the last update to this, however, are entirely consistent with the popular narrative and the revolving door “frontrunner” polling. (This seems as good a place as any to parenthetically interject that Mr. Romney, the one consistent leader of the polling pack, and the co-victor in the Iowa caucus, has never topped our list once in the many months we’ve been compiling it.)

The first two occurrences worthy of comment are the emergence of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as this list’s two top dogs; each with a PeekScore of 10. Congressman Paul – a known and longstanding internet fave – has hovered near the list’s top for a while, and has found his PeekScore at the coveted 10 before. But he’s never topped our list until now. Speaker Gingrich has never found his footprint nearly so dramatic as this previously, and no question his late autumn ascent to frontrunner status – which just now, as of the time of this writing, seems to officially be waning – is what found him scaling such lofty heights. A less dramatic change from the last update is the jump up the chart from 10th place to 7th for former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, in the midst of his newly minted moment as “frontrunner,” and fresh off a dead heat tie finish with Romney in January 3rd’s Iowa caucus.

And now a couple of quick disclaimers for first time readers:
In compiling this list, PeekYou is not trying to suggest that a measurement of a candidate’s online presence or impact is any indication of the likelihood of him or her winning an election. This list is intended as a commentary on, and observation of cyberspace, and its ways, trends, and customs, and not so much on politics.

As is probably the case in most workplaces throughout the country, the political inclinations of the PeekYou staff run the gamut. These rankings are entirely objective and impartial.

Rank Picture Name Bio Current PeekScore
1

Ron Paul Congressman from Texas 10.00 / 10.00
2

Newt Gingrich Former speaker of the House of Representatives 10.00 / 10.00
3

Herman Cain (dropped out) Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza 9.87 / 10.00
4

Sarah Palin (not running) Former governor of Alaska 9.74 / 10.00
5

Rick Perry Governor of Texas 9.61 / 10.00
6



Chris Christie (not running) Governor of New Jersey 9.46 / 10.00
7

Rick Santorum Former senator from Pennsylvania 9.34 / 10.00
8

Mitt Romney Former governor of Massachusetts 9.30 / 10.00
9

Mike Huckabee (dropped out) Former governor of Arkansas 9.23 / 10.00
10

Michele Bachmann (dropped out) Congresswoman from Minnesota 9.17 / 10.00
11

Donald Trump (dropped out, but suggesting he may return as an independent) Chairman, Trump Organization 9.15 / 10.00
12

Rudolph Giuliani (not running) Former mayor of New York City 9.07 / 10.00
13

Gary Johnson (no longer running in the GOP, but instead running for the Libertarian Party nod) Former governor of New Mexico 8.77 / 10.00
14

Tim Pawlenty (not running) Former governor of Minnesota 8.73 / 10.00
15

Jon Huntsman Former governor of Utah 8.65 / 10.00
16

Paul Ryan (not running) Congressman, chairman of the House Budget Committee 8.62 / 10.00
17

Scott Brown (not running) Junior senator from Massachusetts 8.43 / 10.00
18

Lindsey Graham (not running) Senior senator from South Carolina 8.29 / 10.00
19

John Bolton (dropped out) Former US ambassador to the United Nations 8.28 / 10.00
20



Mitch Daniels (dropped out) Governor of Indiana 8.28 / 10.00
21

Thad McCotter Congressman from Michigan 8.08 / 10.00
22

Andy Martin Frequent political candidate and litigant 8.05 / 10.00
23

Roy Moore Former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court 8.00 / 10.00
24

Buddy Roemer Former governor of Louisiana 8.00 / 10.00
25

Fred Karger Former campaign advisor to Ronald Reagan and gay activist 7.95 / 10.00
26

Vern Wuensche Small-businessman, frequent candidate 7.06 / 10.00

Update (Nov. ’11): Which 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Have the Largest Digital Footprints?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

It’s time for yet another update of our ongoing survey of the full range of GOP presidential candidates – possible, presumed, withdrawn, speculated, and fully announced and running alike – to measure their prominences and impacts here in cyberspace, and rank them according to their PeekScores.

The first Republican primaries are only a couple of months, or so, away and the 2012 general election is now merely one full year off. Whatever your feelings on presidential politics, the candidates, the media, and the issues, you’d be hard pressed to describe the current climate as predictable or boring.

As with our last update, the list remains shockingly volatile, and chart positions and PeekScores – at least among the biggest named candidates – have been anything but static. The biggest development since our last update – both in the mainstream media, and apparently here in cyberspace – has been the emergence of Herman Cain as not merely an interesting candidate with an outside chance, but (according to some polls) actually the one to beat. Whatever the security or legitimacy of his frontrunner status, there’s no denying that as of this update – to our surprise – he somewhat comfortably tops our list.

Mitt Romney, the gentleman still most widely suspected to be the one who will emerge with the nomination, has risen a mere spot on our list from seventh place to sixth.

One noteworthy but not entirely surprising leap up the charts has come from New Jersey governor Chris Christie. While early in October he announced quite decisively and unambiguously that his hat would not be in the presidential ring this go ’round, the heat generated from the media’s “will he or won’t he?” frenzy preceding that announcement is clearly still being felt throughout the Web.

Also worthy of mention is the continued ascent of New Mexico’s libertarian-leaning former governor Gary Johnson. When we first began posting these lists this past spring, he was lurking around the list’s bottom, a big question mark to most. While still hardly a household name, and still shut-out of most of the major debates, he’s obviously garnering some attention here in cyberspace. This most recent update finds him climbing from 17th place to 12th.

And now a couple of quick disclaimers for first time readers:
In compiling this list, PeekYou is not trying to suggest that a measurement of a candidate’s online presence or impact is any indication of the likelihood of him or her winning an election. If it were the case that we believed such a thing, you could then suppose that we believe Charlie Sheen has a better chance of becoming president than Mitt Romney. We don’t mean to imply any such thing. This feature exists as much for the purposes of comparing the realties of the online world to the offline, as anything. Out where the sky is blue they say Mitt Romney is the one to beat, but here in the ether it seems they’re not so sure. Make of that what you will.


As is probably the case in most workplaces throughout the country, the political inclinations of the PeekYou staff run the gamut. These rankings are entirely objective and impartial.

Rank Picture Name Bio Current PeekScore
1

Herman Cain Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza 9.86 / 10.00
2

Sarah Palin (not running) Former governor of Alaska 9.74 / 10.00
3

Rick Perry Governor of Texas 9.61 / 10.00
4

Ron Paul Congressman from Texas 9.55 / 10.00
5

Chris Christie (not running) Governor of New Jersey 9.46 / 10.00
6



Mitt Romney Former governor of Massachusetts 9.30 / 10.00
7



Mike Huckabee (dropped out) Former governor of Arkansas 9.23 / 10.00
8

Michele Bachmann Congresswoman from Minnesota 9.17 / 10.00
9

Donald Trump (dropped out) Chairman, Trump Organization 9.15 / 10.00
10

Rick Santorum Former senator from Pennsylvania 9.14 / 10.00
11

Rudy Giuliani Former mayor of New York City 9.07 / 10.00
12

Gary Johnson Former governor of New Mexico 8.79 / 10.00
13

Tim Pawlenty Former governor of Minnesota 8.73 / 10.00
14

Jon Huntsman Former governor of Utah 8.64 / 10.00
15

Paul Ryan Congressman, chairman of the House Budget Committee 8.63 / 10.00
16

Newt Gingrich Former speaker of the House of Representatives 8.49 / 10.00
17

Scott Brown Junior senator from Massachusetts 8.43 / 10.00
18

Mitch Daniels (dropped out) Governor of Indiana 8.34 / 10.00
19



Lindsey Graham Senior senator from South Carolina 8.29 / 10.00
20

John Bolton Former US ambassador to the United Nations 8.28 / 10.00
21

Thad McCotter Congressman from Michigan 8.08 / 10.00
22

Andy Martin Frequent political candidate and litigant 8.05 / 10.00
23

Jimmy McMillan Political activist 8.02 / 10.00
24



Roy Moore Former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court 8.00 / 10.00
25

Buddy Roemer Former governor of Louisiana 7.99 / 10.00
26



Fred Karger Former campaign advisor to Reagan and Ford, gay activist 7.95 / 10.00
27



Vern Wuensche Small-businessman, frequent candidate 7.06 / 10.00

SECOND UPDATE (July ’11): Which 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Have the Largest Digital Footprints?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

Here is our third installment in this ongoing series, observing and measuring the evolution of the online aspect of the race for the 2012 GOP nomination (you can view parts 1 and 2 here and here). Even though the first GOP primaries still remain quite a while off, by now Republican candidates – possible, presumed, and announced alike – have really started to make themselves known. Major debates have already taken place, and real campaigning is underway in earnest.

Since our second update, the changes in PeekScores have not for the most part been statistically dramatic. Many candidates’ scores have moved up or down, and some chart positions have been swapped, but the changes have been mostly mathematically small. Even the somewhat newsworthy seeming development of Sarah Palin now topping our list is only due to a statistically slight change in her and The Donald’s respective scores (and by the next time we recalculate, they could very well switch back again). And besides that, for the second update in a row now, Sarah Palin remains the top ranked viable candidate; which to many is of the greatest interest anyhow.

By far the story of this update is 100% consistent with the mainstream media’s perception of the current Republican race’s big story, and that’s the quite noteworthy increase in score (and corresponding ascent up the chart) of Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann. Bachmann’s public profile has been amplified dramatically – and her candidacy is being taken more seriously – since a well-received showing at CNN’s June 12 debate in New Hampshire. While it’s not necessarily telling us much we didn’t know about Ms. Bachmann’s profile in general, it is confirming that her growth in being recognized out in the flesh and blood realm is corresponding with a noticeable increase in impact here in cyberspace.

We’ve only added one new candidate to the list this time around, but as we hope to over these months capture the race in its full breadth and evolution (which is why candidates who have dropped out of the race are remaining on the chart, only with their inactive status indicated), we ask you to please let us know in the comments of anyone we’ve overlooked. And please keep checking in regularly to see how things develop. (And please scroll down to the bottom for a couple of quick disclaimers.)

Rank Picture Name PeekScore as of Last Update Current PeekScore
1

Sarah Palin
10.00 / 10
10.00 / 10
2

Donald Trump (dropped out)
10.00 / 10
10.00 / 10
3

Ron Paul
10.00 / 10
10.00 / 10
4

Paul Ryan
10.00 / 10.00
9.95 / 10
5

Newt Gingrich
9.92 / 10
9.39 / 10
6

Michele Bachmann
8.35 / 10
9.32 / 10
7

Tim Pawlenty
9.15 / 10
9.16 / 10
8

Mitch Daniels (dropped out)
9.23 / 10
9.15 / 10
9



Mike Huckabee (dropped out)
9.07 / 10
9.03 / 10
10

Herman Cain
9.01 / 10
9.03 / 10
11



Mitt Romney
9.00 / 10
9.01 / 10
12

Chris Christie
NEW
8.29 / 10
13

Scott Brown
8.23 / 10
8.23 / 10
14

Rick Perry
8.14 / 10
8.15 / 10
15

Rudy Giuliani
8.10 / 10
8.10 / 10
16

Rick Santorum
8.09 / 10
8.09 / 10
17



Lindsey Graham
8.06 / 10
8.04 / 10
18

Gary Johnson
8.02 / 10
8.02 / 10
19

Thad McCotter
8.00 / 10
8.01 / 10
20

Jon Huntsman
7.58 / 10
7.60 / 10
21

John Bolton
7.37 / 10
7.40 / 10
22

Buddy Roemer
7.23 / 10
7.23 / 10
23

Jimmy McMillan
7.07 / 10
7.08 / 10
24



Fred Karger
6.73 / 10
6.73 / 10
25



Roy Moore
6.40 / 10
6.40 / 10
26

Andy Martin
6.29 / 10
6.29 / 10
27



Vern Wuensche
6.19 / 10
6.19 / 10

Two Quick Disclaimers: 1) As is probably the case in most workplaces throughout the country, the political inclinations of the PeekYou staff run the gamut. These rankings are entirely objective and impartial. 2) In compiling this list, PeekYou is not trying to suggest that a measurement of a candidate’s online presence or impact is any indication of the likelihood of him or her winning an election. If it were the case that we believed such a thing, you could then extrapolate that we believe Lady Gaga (whose PeekScore is unsurprisingly immense) has a better chance of becoming president than Mitt Romney. We’re intelligent people and don’t mean to imply any such thing. This list – as with most PeekScore lists – is as much intended as a commentary on the ever-expanding importance of social media specifically, and the internet in general, as it is an analysis of the candidates or the overall successes (or failures) of their various campaigns.

THIRD UPDATE (July ’11): Which 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Have the Largest Digital Footprints?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

Here is our third installment in this ongoing series, observing and measuring the evolution of the online aspect of the race for the 2012 GOP nomination (you can view parts 1 and 2 here and here). Even though the first GOP primaries still remain quite a while off, by now Republican candidates – possible, presumed, and announced alike – have really started to make themselves known. Major debates have already taken place, and real campaigning is underway in earnest.

Since our second update, the changes in PeekScores have not for the most part been statistically dramatic. Many candidates’ scores have moved up or down, and some chart positions have been swapped, but the changes have been mostly mathematically small. Even the somewhat newsworthy seeming development of Sarah Palin now topping our list is only due to a statistically slight change in her and The Donald’s respective scores (and by the next time we recalculate, they could very well switch back again). And besides that, for the second update in a row now, Sarah Palin remains the top ranked viable candidate; which to many is of the greatest interest anyhow.

By far the story of this update is 100% consistent with the mainstream media’s perception of the current Republican race’s big story, and that’s the quite noteworthy increase in score (and corresponding ascent up the chart) of Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann. Bachmann’s public profile has been amplified dramatically – and her candidacy is being taken more seriously – since a well-received showing at CNN’s June 12 debate in New Hampshire. While it’s not necessarily telling us much we didn’t know about Ms. Bachmann’s profile in general, it is confirming that her growth in being recognized out in the flesh and blood realm is corresponding with a noticeable increase in impact here in cyberspace.

We’ve added no candidates to the list this time around, but as we hope to over these months capture the race in its full breadth and evolution (which is why candidates who have dropped out of the race are remaining on the chart, only with their inactive status indicated), we ask you to please let us know in the comments of anyone we’ve overlooked. And please keep checking in regularly to see how things develop. (And please scroll down to the bottom for a couple of quick disclaimers.)

Rank Picture Name PeekScore as of Last Update Current PeekScore
1

Sarah Palin
10.00 / 10
10.00 / 10
2

Donald Trump (dropped out)
10.00 / 10
10.00 / 10
3

Ron Paul
10.00 / 10
10.00 / 10
4

Paul Ryan
10.00 / 10.00
9.95 / 10
5

Newt Gingrich
9.92 / 10
9.81 / 10
6

Michele Bachmann
8.35 / 10
9.32 / 10
7

Tim Pawlenty
9.15 / 10
9.16 / 10
8

Mitch Daniels (dropped out)
9.23 / 10
9.15 / 10
9



Mike Huckabee (dropped out)
9.07 / 10
9.03 / 10
10

Herman Cain
9.01 / 10
9.03 / 10
11



Mitt Romney
9.00 / 10
9.01 / 10
12

Scott Brown
8.23 / 10
8.23 / 10
13

Rick Perry
8.14 / 10
8.15 / 10
14

Rudy Giuliani
8.10 / 10
8.10 / 10
15

Rick Santorum
8.09 / 10
8.09 / 10
16



Lindsey Graham
8.06 / 10
8.04 / 10
17

Gary Johnson
8.02 / 10
8.02 / 10
18

Thad McCotter
8.00 / 10
8.01 / 10
19

Jon Huntsman
7.58 / 10
7.60 / 10
20

John Bolton
7.37 / 10
7.40 / 10
21

Buddy Roemer
7.23 / 10
7.23 / 10
22

Jimmy McMillan
7.07 / 10
7.08 / 10
23



Fred Karger
6.73 / 10
6.73 / 10
24



Roy Moore
6.40 / 10
6.40 / 10
25

Andy Martin
6.29 / 10
6.29 / 10
26



Vern Wuensche
6.19 / 10
6.19 / 10

Two Quick Disclaimers: 1) As is probably the case in most workplaces throughout the country, the political inclinations of the PeekYou staff run the gamut. These rankings are entirely objective and impartial. 2) In compiling this list, PeekYou is not trying to suggest that a measurement of a candidate’s online presence or impact is any indication of the likelihood of him or her winning an election. If it were the case that we believed such a thing, you could then extrapolate that we believe Lady Gaga (whose PeekScore is unsurprisingly immense) has a better chance of becoming president than Mitt Romney. We’re intelligent people and don’t mean to imply any such thing. This list – as with most PeekScore lists – is as much intended as a commentary on the ever-expanding importance of social media specifically, and the internet in general, as it is an analysis of the candidates or the overall successes (or failures) of their various campaigns.

UPDATED: Which 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Have the Largest Digital Footprints?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

Although the 2012 presidential election is still some time away, Republican candidates – possible, presumed, and announced alike – have begun to emerge as the stage is being set for the first primaries early next year. This entry is our second installment of a regular feature here on PeekYou, where we rank the GOP candidates according to their PeekScores (you can read the first installment here).

Since our last update, the changes in PeekScores have not for the most part been overly surprising. There have, nonetheless, absolutely been changes; most notably and simply, the majority of the candidates have seen – to varying degrees – an increase in their scores. This is in part due, no doubt, to the ramping up of the media coverage of all things 2012 Election. All of the men and women listed below (whether still in the race, or already having withdrawn) are finding their names mentioned ever more frequently as the days and weeks pass, and their PeekScores seem to be in a general way reflecting this.

The most notable change from our last update to this, perhaps, is the new PeekScore and list ranking of former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, and popular radio host, Herman Cain. Over the past month or two, Cain’s national media presence has increased significantly, as he’s started to make the publicity rounds and begin down the campaign trail in earnest. Relevantly to his PeekScore, the internet pundits – of all political persuasions – have particularly begun to notice him and take his candidacy seriously.

We’ve added a number of candidates to the list this time around, as well, in the hopes of measuring the race in its full breadth. If there’s anyone you believe we should also include, please let us know in the comments. And please check in regularly to see how the PeekScore race is shaping up.

Quick Disclaimer: As is probably the case in most workplaces throughout the country, the political inclinations of the PeekYou staff run the gamut. These rankings are entirely objective and impartial.

Rank Picture Name PeekScore as of Last Update Current PeekScore
1

Donald Trump (dropped out)
10.00 / 10
10.00 / 10
2

Sarah Palin
9.35 / 10
10.00 / 10
3

Paul Ryan
NEW
10.00 / 10
4

Ron Paul
9.78 / 10
10.00 / 10
5

Newt Gingrich
9.78 / 10
9.92 / 10
6

Mitch Daniels (dropped out)
9.22 / 10
9.23/ 10
7

Tim Pawlenty
9.03 / 10
9.15 / 10
8



Mike Huckabee (dropped out)
9.04 / 10
9.07 / 10
9

Herman Cain
8.58 / 10
9.01 / 10
10



Mitt Romney
8.88 / 10
9.00 / 10
11

Michele Bachmann
8.32 / 10
8.35 / 10
12

Scott Brown
NEW
8.23 / 10
13

Rick Perry
8.14 / 10
8.14 / 10
14

Rudy Giuliani
NEW
8.10 / 10
15

Rick Santorum
8.06 / 10
8.09 / 10
16



Lindsey Graham
8.05 / 10
8.06 / 10
17

Gary Johnson
8.02 / 10
8.02 / 10
18

Thad McCotter
8.00 / 10
8.00 / 10
19

Jon Huntsman
NEW
7.58 / 10
20

John Bolton
NEW
7.37 / 10
21

Buddy Roemer
7.02 / 10
7.23 / 10
22

Jimmy McMillan
NEW
7.07 / 10
23



Fred Karger
6.68 / 10
6.73 / 10
24



Roy Moore
NEW
6.40 / 10
25

Andy Martin
NEW
6.29 / 10
26



Vern Wuensche
NEW
6.19 / 10