SOPA Trends Taking Over TwitterBy: Chris Richardson - January 18, 2012
At least for today, anyway. Of course, that’s what happens when you take away one of the primary web resources in the world. First, people freak out and display their dismaying amount of ignorance, and then, the levelheaded folks step in and offer some intelligent discourse about the trending topic at hand. In this case, we’re talking about SOPA, of course.
While quite a few of Twitter’s current trends reflect the SOPA topic, there is one in particular dedicated to the SOPA topic, and here, you’ll find a great deal of useful information about why the web is fighting back. Another discovery is people censoring their tweets as a form of protest, like the following:
#SOPA █████████████ ███ █████ █████ ████ ███ No you’re not too high this is what will happen.End Piracy, Not Liberty ██████ ███ █████
As for the general discourse, by and large, people seem to have a good grasp on the topic, although, there are some who need to read the language of the acts a little closer:
#SOPA, The end of the web as we know it. No more posting of music, videos, links. Youtube, twitter etcCOMCAST and ABC join in to support
Considering the fact that Lamar Smith has stated, time and again, SOPA only targets foreign sites — and sites ending with .com, .net, and .org are exempt from SOPA’s punishing arm. With SOPA being such a hot, trending topic at the moment, don’t be that guy. Go out and actually educate yourself about what it is SOPA does and does not do (PDF).
Take advantage of the fact that Twitter is blowing up about SOPA and learn something instead of spouting off nonsensical panic tweets. Try something a little more compelling, like the following:
Take advantage of these trends and inform yourself.