As most people know, or have been made aware of, Wikipedia, along with a number of other sites are operating a “black out” to make people aware of SOPA.
I always find it intriguing to watch twitter when things that effect everyone happens. For example, when Harry Potter Deathly Hallows part 2 was released the trending topics were, of course, to do with the movie.
This “black out” has brought about an amusing hashtag and some fantastic creativity coming from lots of people in the “twitter-sphere”. The hashtag (if you haven’t seen already) is called #FactsWithoutWikipedia. There are new tweets appearing on this hashtag every few seconds! I’ve listed below just a few favourites I have seen so far.
#FactsWithoutWikipedia Kittens sit exams when one year old. Those with the best marks become lions, those with the lowest marks become dogs. – A.F. Harrold
Real chess was in fact, modeled after Wizard’s Chess. #FactsWithoutWikipedia – Camilo
Top pop hit “Where’s Your Head At” was nearly not recorded, when an observant engineer pointed out “It’s there”. #factswithoutwikipedia - John_The_Monkey
#Pluto is no longer a planet due to copyright claims from the Disney corporation!! #FactsWithoutWikipedia – Raghavendra Swamy
And the title of this blog post is credited to Doug Gross.
I’m sure you’ve seen some great #FactsWithoutWikipedia on twitter too, so comment below and let me know!
PS: as an aside, I think some internet genius’s have hit the nail on the head as to why SOPA is happening now – its because it is 2012, and therefore Henry Van Statton owns the internet. (Doctor Who)