Update on SOPA

This post is a follow-up on an earlier one, which can be found here.

Yesterday, Go Daddy, the world’s largest registrar of internet domain names, released a statement in support of a revised version of SOPA. I immediately started seeing tweets of bloggers and entrepreneurs looking to move away from Go Daddy. This follows  at least a week of other major websites showing their opposition to SOPA. 

An informal poll initiated yesterday asked, “Did you transfer your domains from GoDaddy today?” Although this poll fares very poorly by the standards of public opinion research, the results are somewhat interesting. As of noon CST today, the poll had 951 respondents. 39% of respondents said “yes,” and another 48% responded “not yet, but will transfer soon.” Only 13% of those who took the poll–who were presumably aware of “recent Go Daddy and SOPA news”–indicated no plans to transfer away from Go Daddy.

It will be interesting to see whether people actually march with their (virtual) feet and (real) dollars in support of this policy position.

Further reading: 

Dear Internet: It’s No Longer OK to Not Know How Congress Works

Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK to Not Know How the Internet Works (original page appears to be down, maybe because of high traffic; see quotes here and here)

Dead Congress: It’s Not OK Not to Know How Search Engines Work Either

Oh, and in case you want to express your opinion to your congressman on this issue, I hear that they still accept telegrams.

Update to the update: (1:34pm CST)

Go Daddy no longer supports SOPA.

Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it…. In an effort to eliminate any confusion about its reversal on SOPA though, Jones has removed blog postings that had outlined areas of the bill Go Daddy did support.

Way to go, Internet. (via @newsyc20)

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