The Day the Internet Stood Still (Infographic)

As a blogger, I’m deeply concerned about our rights to say and share what and how we please online. Now that SOPA and PIPA are tabled in Congress, it’s easy to forget how close we came to a government-controlled web. Consider the that bills seek to lay full copyright burden on site owners—this means sites unable to police enormous amounts of user generated content, sites like Facebook and Wikipedia, could be subject to infringement charges and government shut down.

The Jan. 18th protest was the largest in U.S. history; our new graphic recounts that momentous day for social media users in tweets, emails and calls. We invite you to pay respects to this online movement that inspired/pressured 13 SOPA-supporting senators (and 3 co-sponsors) to issue statements against overly-strict online privacy measures. And as exciting as the success of this online mobilization has been, our efforts only tabled two of the worst censorship bills to ever face the web.


  1. One small typo in the infrographic, Bernie Sanders should be marked (I-VT). He caucuses with the democrats, but he’s an independent. He self identifies as a democratic socialist, but isn’t officially affiliated with any party.

  2. The fact that senators were actually influenced by this movement really speaks volumes! Who says the internet can’t drive change?

  3. Thanks FrugalDad for this wonderful compilation of information, and the beautifully edited info-graphic to accompany it.

  4. Too bad you cited Wikipedia for your information about the congress people. It would be better if you had scholarly sources. It would also give legitimacy to your graphic.

    Yes, Its’ a great compilation of information to throw all into one place, but overall, not very impressed. Its nothing new or original, its the same type of informative graphic you see shared on Facebook every day.

    Sorry to knock it, its great information, but in my opinion nothing to write home about, much less get national attention.

    • “Its nothing new or original, its the same type of informative graphic you see shared on Facebook every day.”

      This is one of the dumbest things i’ve ever read. Is like dismissing a particular song because “it’s just music” – THE POINT IS THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PARTICULAR GRAPHIC – you’re not supposed to be impressed with originality of the format.

      And a blanket write-off of Wikipedia as a legitimate source seems equally foolish – Wikipedia cites much of its information and is a respectable source in many circles.

      • “Wikipedia cites much of its information and is a respectable source in many circles.”
        Yes Wikipedia does cite respectable sources for much of it’s information, but that does not make it a credible research cite. Ask your college professors when they ask for legitimate sources for a research paper whether they want Wikipedia?
        It was just as easy for the information to go to the page of the legislator, not the legislator’s Wikipedia page.

  5. I’ve seen this style of graphics around the web but not what it’s called… any ideas? I’d love to learn how to make stuff like this in photoshop!

  6. The stat for the growth of the Internet seems quite wrong. According to Wikipedia, the term “internet” was first used in an RFC from Dec. 1974:

    According to this (fairly unreliable looking) site, the Internet didn’t hit a reach of 50 million people until 1997:

    Even if that page is unreliable, it seems far more likely that the Internet hit 50 million people in 1997 instead of 1978.

  7. Sometimes we feel like once our officials get elected, they forget about us and do their own thing until election year. But we can still have a great influence and power if we unite and stand up to them.

  8. You have the source “” on there twice, once near the top and once near the bottom.

  9. the world cannot run without the internet,thats a certainty now.No one was sure how the blackout would play out.It simply goes to show,our lives would never be the same without the internet,its one of the single largest developments of the century

  10. Yes, everyone stood up and fought SOPA and PIPA. And we won. Yay. For about 5 minutes. And they came back with CISPA.

    What happened to all that outrage? CISPA is SOPA on steroids. This legislation is sailing through the legislature because it doesn’t threaten corporate interests…