Last week some of the web’s most popular sites, from Wikipedia to Reddit, went dark to protest SOPA and PIPA. The protest was enough to stop SOPA in its tracks (at least for the time being), and Visual.ly, the world’s largest database of infographic, has put together a nice visualization of ‘How the People and Social Media Changed Congress’ Mind in One Day.’
The infographic takes a look at how many Congressmen supported and opposed SOPA before and after the protests. It also tracks the social media conversation about SOPA over the 30-day period leading up to the protest. On January 18, the day of the SOPA Blackout, there were over 800,000 hashtag mentions—a huge jump from the previous day.
People were tweeting about #sopa, #pipa, #wikipediablackout and @sopastrike, discussing SOPA on Facebook and beyond and the results are hard to ignore. Check out the infographic below to see how the numbers of supporters and opponents of SOPA and PIPA in the Senate and the House of Representatives changed in a single day.
Did you take part in the SOPA blackout? What do you think about these results? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.