Even if SOPA and PITA pass there will be a few sites that manage to hang on for a while– but the ultimate goal is for Government to control internet content… This leaves the determination of what is or isn’t acceptable free speech up to what ever politicians happen to be in control at the moment..
There won’t be many left with so much as a candle lit
While we want to show our support for the blackout, and are adamately against the government control of the internet, not just SOPA, there are ways to do it without damaging our Google rankings. This post from Webmonkey has instructions on how to do it.
On Wednesday Jan. 18, Reddit, Wikipedia andmany other websites will black out their content in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN). Organizers of the SOPA Strike are asking interested sites to black out their content for 12 hours and display a message encouraging users to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to oppose the legislation.
Although it was rumored that Google might join in the protest, that does not appear to be the case. The search giant does, however, have some advice for anyone who would like to black out their site and ensure that doing so doesn’t harm their Google search rank or indexed content.
Writing on Google+, Google’s Pierre Far offers some practical tips in a post entitled, “Website Outages and Blackouts the Right Way.” The advice mirrors Google’s previous best practices for planned downtime, but warrants a closer look from anyone thinking of taking their site offline to protest the SOPA/PIPA/OPEN legislation.
Far’s main advice is to make sure that any URLs participating in the blackout return a HTTP 503 header. The 503 header will tell Google’s crawlers that your site is temporarily unavailable. That way your protest and blacked out website won’t affect your Google ranking nor will any protest content be indexed as part of your site. If you use Google’s Webmaster tools you will see crawler errors, but that’s what you want — your site to be unavailable, causing an error. Read the rest at Webmonkey
The government’s idea to control the internet via Sopa and Pipa, are two of the most chilling pieces of legislation that we have seen yet. It is not only the possibility of stifling free speech, but also the fact that they will now have the ability to control what our children read, see, and hear. This is an overt use of the internet to indoctrinate our children and totally lose our and their future.
I do not intend to post tomorrow, not only to show my solidarity, but also to see who does not feel that this is a threat. This is something that we should take note of as well. We need to understand those who think that this is not a threat period, or just not a threat to them.
Knowledge is power, friends. Good or bad, it is power. The government is trying to limit ours, and we need to be aware of it, and also be aware of who agrees with them. Loopyloo305 author of “My Blog“.