In case you need a refresher, on January 18, many of us (in fact, a whole hell of a lot) took to the interwebz and were part of the largest protest U.S. history. Who says geeks can’t be productive? We were protesting two bills, SOPA and PIPA that, if passed, would have resulted in a government-controlled web. Yuck!
For now, we can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy lots of stats and one groovy infographic. Thanks to frugaldad for sharing this infographic with me.
- 115,000 websites and more than 13 million internet users participated in Wednesday’s protest
- 50,000 websites blackedout completely
- 4 of the top 10 US websites blacked out logos and entire websites (Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist and eBay)
- 160 million people saw Wikipedia’s blackout
- Within 16 hours of the blackout 2.4 million SOPA related tweets hit the Twitter stream
- Petitions were signed by 10 million internet users
- Tumblr and Mobile Commons contact tools together enabled 400,000 calls to Congress
- 3 million emails were sent to Congress on SOPA Blackout Day
- The day after the protest 14 Senators issued statements against the bill