Twitter has released data showing the network’s reaction to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and while the response didn’t quite stand up to the efforts made by Wikipedia, Reddit and other online communities, Twitter was good for 2.4 million SOPA-related tweets between midnight and 4pm ET.
Not bad, but when you consider that the recent TV screening of 1986 animated movie Castle In The Sky in Japan triggered 25,088 tweets per second (TPS) – or over 3 million tweets in two minutes – it perhaps wasn’t the all-encompassing smackdown that the world anticipated.
Twitter also revealed that the top five terms mentioned were SOPA, Stop SOPA, PIPA, Tell Congress and, amusingly, #factswithoutwikipedia, a popular hashtag created by users to share ‘facts’ (read: lies) in the absence of the online encyclopedia.
2.4+ million SOPA-related Tweets from 12am-4pm ET today. Top 5 terms: SOPA, Stop SOPA, PIPA, Tell Congress, #factswithoutwikipedia
— Twitter (@twitter) January 19, 2012
More impressively (especially for social media nerds), SOPA saw Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg venture into Twitter to make his first tweet in almost two years. Okay, so he was essentially just linking back to a bigger announcement about SOPA on his Facebook Page, but still: it counts for something, right?
Tell your congressmen you want them to be pro-internet. My Facebook post is here: facebook.com/zuck/posts/101…
— Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) January 18, 2012
The appearance was good for a follower pop of almost two thousand users for Zuck, whose numbers aren’t as impressive as they really should be, largely because the account is unverified, has an unusual username and, you know, doesn’t update much.
But hey: at least he’s posting on Twitter, which is more than can be said for his Google+ account.