On Wednesday, alongside thousands of other sites across the internet, Another Kind Of Mind went dark in support of the anti-SOPA/PIPA campaign. Despite the fact that said campaign still has some way to go, the blackout appears to have had quite an impact already. In advance of next Tuesday’s Senate vote, here are a few eye-opening stats about what has been called “the largest online protest in the history of the internet”:
10,000,000 – The total number of signatories to all anti-SOPA petitions
4,500,000 – The number of people who signed Google’s anti-SOPA petition alone
3,000,000+ – The approximate number of emails sent in support of the anti-SOPA campaign on Wednesday
2,583,000+ – The approximate number of tweets referring to SOPA/PIPA and the protest on Wednesday alone
511,111 – The number of people who ‘liked’ Mark Zuckerberg’s SOPA statement on Facebook (as of today)
115,000+ – The number of (recorded) sites taking part in the protest
45,000 – The number of WordPress sites involved in the protest (including Another Kind Of Mind!)
3,000 – The number of emails about SOPA/PIPA and the protest received by Senator Ben Cardin (D, Maryland) alone
101 – The number of Congressmen and women who now oppose SOPA/PIPA
34 – The number of Senators who publicly oppose PIPA as a result of the protest
31 – The number of Congressmen and women who opposed SOPA/PIPA prior to the protest
6 – The number of Senators who publicly opposed PIPA prior to the protest
If you have any more interesting stats on this, please let me know!
And a big thank you to all the visitors to Another Kind Of Mind on Wednesday who clicked through to find out more about the anti-SOPA/PIPA campaign – however, it’s not over yet.
If you’re in the USA, you can still contact Congress using the forms here and here, or you can volunteer to call the Senate here. If, like me, you live elsewhere in the world, you can still have your say – scroll down here to petition the US State Department.
Undecided about where you stand? Don’t think that SOPA will affect you in the UK? Then it might be worth remembering that even Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the world wide web and made it possible for all the sites involved in the protest to exist in the first place, is strongly and publicly opposed to SOPA/PIPA….
The full text of SOPA can be found here.
UPDATE: The New York Times is now reporting that the Senate has postponed Tuesday’s vote:
Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, on Friday called off a scheduled vote on the anti-Internet piracy bill that had rallied the World Wide Web and rocked Capitol Hill, and House leaders took steps to slow legislation as well.
Taking to the medium that helped organize massive protests against the legislation, Mr. Reid, Democrat of Nevada, announced a delay in the vote via the social media Web site Twitter. But he indicated the issue, which had been scheduled for a vote Tuesday, had not died.
So it’s still not quite over yet…