SOPA Fallout, Or, My Small Part to Help the Cause
Yesterday was Internet blackout day. To do my little part I followed Wikipedia, 2600, Reddit and a host of other by blacking out my site. So just how many people were inconvenienced by what I did?
I was inspired by a couple of tweets I saw from other bloggers who blacked out their sites. Knocking up a SOPA black page was simple enough, all that was needed was to install a user contributed Drupal module. To get a bit of data on how many times that would of been displayed yesterday I added some Google Analytics tracking to the page. Here's the basics:
About 275ish visitors came across my site and were greeted with the blackout page. For my little modest blog that is neat to see. In fact people stumbling across my site were probably e-book fans trying to find info about adding pirated and library books to their Kobos.
Hint: Search Usenet How to
Once I landed on the front page for Google I pretty much peaked
The Wikipedia blackout, while anticipated by some came as huge surprise to others, those other mostly ended up being College students with papers due Thursday January 19th. A Twitter Handle popped up and started RT'ing the more interesting caught by suprise messages: @herpderpedia
In all 412 tweets expressing pure frustration.
Even before blackout day SOPA was postponed and altered a bit, however it is far from being gone outright. For a great primer check out Gizmodo's post.