Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2012 10:37 UTC
Internet & Networking So, this one slipped by completely undetected late last year (no, I don't grow tired of saying that). CNet reported that Google, Amazon, Facebook, and similarly large, anti-SOPA companies are mulling over the option of taking their websites off the air to replace them with an anti-SOPA message, asking users to contact their elected officials.
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Comment by Bobthearch
by Bobthearch on Wed 4th Jan 2012 14:53 UTC
Bobthearch
Member since:
2006-01-27

I read that as one bloggers wishful "prediction," not an actual probability. And it's not going to happen. Why?

First, money. How much would Amazon and others lose if offline for even one day? Second, the public backlash would be against the sites for voluntarily going offline. There'd be tens of millions of people looking for a Facebook replacement before the end of the first day. Amazon customers would simply shop elsewhere.

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RE: Comment by Bobthearch
by jackastor on Wed 4th Jan 2012 15:14 in reply to "Comment by Bobthearch"
jackastor Member since:
2009-05-05

That would be my concern too, the reality is that alot of businesses rely on these online services, and they have to work to keep their customers so if google/amazon/whomever goes offline, by necessity they'll have to immediately find a replacement until those sites come back online.

Wouldn't it be more effective if they instead start a notification blitz so their services are still useable but the sites are plastered with notices? Google could increase the ranking of SOPA related links regardless of search maybe? Not sure if that would violate their own policies. Amazon could offer rebates on products if you sign an anti SOPA petition form or whatever.

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RE: Comment by Bobthearch
by Fergy on Wed 4th Jan 2012 19:17 in reply to "Comment by Bobthearch"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

First, money. How much would Amazon and others lose if offline for even one day?

A lot less than what SOPA will cost in a week.

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RE: Comment by Bobthearch
by Soulbender on Thu 5th Jan 2012 02:17 in reply to "Comment by Bobthearch"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

First, money. How much would Amazon and others lose if offline for even one day?


How much would SOPA cost them? A lot more and that's what it's about.
Sometimes, I guess, greed is good or it can at least work in the favour of what is good by coincidence.

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