Katherine Nolan, data wrangler for stopSOPAireland.com, has put together the chart above to help visualise some of the campaign story so far. It shows the signatures added to the petition, hour by hour up until 9 PM on Saturday, exactly 5 days since we launched. The timeline below tracks the signing spikes that emerged as internet citizens drove the stopSOPAireland.com petition to a phenomenal 70,625 signatures.
To put that number in perspective, that’s enough people to fill Landsdowne Road and still leave 20,000 people cheering outside, and four times as many votes as any TD got in first preferences in the last election.
Day 1: Monday, 23 January
- The petition website is conceived at 9 am. At 9:28 PM, it’s launched with a few tweets and re-tweets.
- 254 people sign in the first 32 minutes
- By 2am, over 2,000 petitioners have signed, and fueled by social media and the good people of the Internet, we are off to the races.
Day 2: Tuesday, 24 January
- Ireland wakes up for the day and helped along by Graham Linehan, Tuesday morning signatures explode, reaching 7,000 by 2 PM.
- Sean Sherlock and Michele Neylon are on Drivetime, coinciding with the first big spike of over 2,000 signatures per hour
- The Stop SOPA action bar plugin for WordPress is released.
- An onslaught of viral blog coverage begins, and the campaign gets its first media coverage in the Irish Times, Silicon Republic, the Journal and other news outlets.
- Late in the day, Twitter hashtag and Facebook boxes are added to the website footer, along with a live count of petitioners.
- By the end of the day, the petition has exceeded 20,000 signatures
Day 3: Wednesday, 25 January
- Sean Sherlock and TJ McIntyre are on Today with Pat Kenny, causing a spike in signatures during the show.
- Facebook rockets by 1,200 new Likes to surpasses 1,600 at the end of the day
- Irish website owners including Boards.ie lead the charge for our largest petition leap to date with independent website blackouts, popups and interstitials driving signatures
- The day ends with the petition representing the signatures of almost 42,000 people
Day 4: Thursday, 26 January
- Simon, TJ and Ian go to Leinster House, where they encounter the brilliant SOPA Ireland protesters organising themselves on Facebook.
- The campaign numbers begin to generate international attention, with a piece in Wired, discussion from Reddit to HN, and the attention of Anonymous turns to Ireland.
- The Topical Debate in the Dáil with Catherine Murphy and Sean Sherlock launches the campaign into national TV news and stimulates a flurry of late-in-the-day signatures
- Petition signers drive the campaign momentum over the 50K mark and the day closes with 55,132 signatures at midnight.
Day 5: Friday, 27 January
- Unable to sustain the server load a live list of signatures would cause, we publish a static (and now updated daily) list of 33,686 public signatures (from the 64.3% of people who gave us permission to print their names) at 3.45pm
- The Irish Times publishes an article by Karlin Lillington that quickly reaches the top 5 most shared articles and stays there until Saturday morning.
- Minister Sherlock capitulates to demands for a full Dáil debate before the legislation is signed into law, an unprecedented event that directly results from the public pressure of each and every signature
- The largest spike to date originates with Irish YouTube star @iMovingTarget, whose fans help take the end of day total to 64,003 signers.
Day 6: Saturday, 28 January
- We sign along with Aslan’s greatest hits
- The indefatigable Facebook group hits a milestone with more than 9,000 Likes and 3,500 discussions
- To celebrate, special Facebook timeline backgrounds are made available for download
- Citizens organising against SOPA on Facebook again lead a Dublin protest.
- At midnight on Day 6, the petition represents the digital signatures of the 70,625 amazing people who have built this campaign.