A portion of the Internet said “no” to SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect IP Act) this week with a powerful campaign that involved many websites, including O’Reilly, “going dark” to protest the pending legislation.
The protests didn’t just involve the temporary shut-down of websites, however. People were voicing their opinions as well. According to Twitter, there were around 3.9 million tweets about SOPA on January 18, the day of the protest.
A small portion of Fred Benenson’s SOPA tweet visualization. See the larger version.
Check out the massive 32,000-pixel x 32,000-pixel version of the visualization here (be sure to view it in full-screen mode). Benenson has also put together a post that outlines the tools and process behind his work.
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