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FAVE INFOGRAPHIC: 9 stats and one giant infographic on results from SOPA #Blackout Day

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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.

Stat highlights:

  1. 115,000 websites and more than 13 million internet users participated in Wednesday’s protest
  2. 50,000 websites blackedout completely
  3. 4 of the top 10 US websites blacked out logos and entire websites (Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist and eBay)
  4. 160 million people saw Wikipedia’s blackout
  5. Within 16 hours of the blackout 2.4 million SOPA related tweets hit the Twitter stream
  6. Petitions were signed by 10 million internet users
  7. Tumblr and Mobile Commons contact tools together enabled 400,000 calls to Congress
  8. 3 million emails were sent to Congress on SOPA Blackout Day
  9. The day after the protest 14 Senators issued statements against the bill


Source: frugaldad.com

FAVE HOW TO: Contact your legislators to say “NO” to PIPA/SOPA

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This legislation creates an internet open to censorship, insecure and wildly divergent from the internet we know and use every day, which drives global commerce, and which, in the end, powers America’s net job growth. – Make the Call , Stop the Wall

“In 2012, I will only support candidates who stand for Internet freedom and who oppose the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA. I will work against any candidate, of any party, who votes to censor and stifle the Internet.” -Vote for the Net

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. – Google

Dear Friend,

I want to make it as easy as possible for you to contact your legislators if you, like me, do not support PIPA/SOPA. If you’re not familiar with either, you can read this and this. If you already know your stuff, then you probably know voting begins January 24–so this message is both timely and urgent. I’m asking my friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and peers to take five minutes and make your voice be heard. Use any of the resources below to quickly make a big difference. When you’re done, you can share your support online with: Stop SOPA and PIPA (or make this your status update — just copy and paste – ███ ███████ ████ ██ ████ ███ ███ █████ ██ ██████. #BlackoutSOPA)

You can reach out to your legislators few ways:

I want to help but don’t know what to say

That’s cool. I get nervous too. Here are a few scripts you’re welcome to revise, edit or whatever and use:

  • I do not agree with the proposed PIPA/SOPA legislation. You can be sure that if it is passed, or you support it, that I will not vote to re-elect you to office. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
  • The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. (h/t Google)
  • The censorship regulations written into these bills won’t shut down pirate sites. These sites will just change their addresses and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they can’t possibly control. Therefore, it makes no sense to pass PIPA and SOPA. Please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. (h/t Google)
  • PIPA will put an undue burden on site managers, app developers and internet entrepreneurs. Please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. (h/t Stop the Wall)

Thank you internet friends,


P.S. I’m sending a link to this post to both of my Senators, so if you agree with me leave a comment or share this via the social buttons to show that we mean business.

FAVE REDDIT: January 18 official blackout day in opposition to SOPA

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It’s official. Social web popularity giant reddit announces they will officially go dark in opposition of SOPA/PIPA on January 18,  from 8am–8pm EST (1300–0100 UTC). That means you’ll have to look elsewhere for the next Internet meme. Instead, if you visit the site you’ll find  the live video stream of the House hearing where Internet entrepreneurs and technical experts (including reddit co-founder Alexis “kn0thing” Ohanian) will be testifying. They will also showcase community initiatives like meetups to visit Congressional offices, campaigns to contact companies supporting PIPA/SOPA, and the like.

Go on with your bad selves, reddit!

Someday, (hopefully a few months from now) people will say,

In the Year of our Lord 2012, patriots of Reddit – meming and in large numbers – charged the fields of Washington. They fought like Internet poets; they fought like Redditsmen (and women), and won their freedom.

They may take our web, but they’ll never take…OUR FREEDOM. Alright. Enough with the Braveheart quotes.

p.s. If you’re planning any sort of social campaign that day, you might want to reconsider the date.

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FAVE HOW TO: Add “Stop SOPA” to your Twitter avatar

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If you’re in opposition of SOPA, here’s another way you can make a statement online. Use BlackoutSOPA.org to alter your Twitter avatar and reflect your disdain. BlackoutSOPA offers the following three choices for quickly altering your avatar:

  • Blackout the entire photo (a black square)
  • Add a black “Stop SOPA” banner under your current avatar
  • Add a blackout with a white “Stop SOPA” banner
If those three options don’t tickle your fancy you can submit a design of your own to site founders @hunterwalk and @grex. Just email submissions@BlackoutSOPA.org. The rest of the process is quick and painless. When you go to the site simply click on the “Preview with your Twitter photo” button. If you don’t like it you can easily switch back to your original photo. Currently, more than 2,000 people have updated their avatars using the service.

You can follow #BlackoutSOPA on Twitter.

(h/t @Mattcutts)

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FAVE RESOURCE: For $9.99 you can reverse robocall 88 SOPA supporters

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Send a Robocall to SOPA (HR 3261) Proponents (88 Offices). That’s right, one phone call to reach 88 offices. Record your message and Reverse Robocall delivers it for you.

All you need is your phone and of course a credit or debit card.

Reverse Robocall will call your phone number and let you record your message over the phone. They recommend, as do I, that you write down or plan what you want to say.

Did you use the service? Let me know.

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(h/t @mattcutts)