The big online protest against SOPA and PIPA has started, and unsurprisingly, the issue has gotten a lot of traction from both Facebook and Twitter users alike. Due to the latter's snippet and quick sharing nature, news of relative magnitude and relevance passes on pretty quickly as seen in this example. In fact, just this morning, Twitter tweeted that there were more than 2.4 million SOPA-related tweets during midnight and 4pm Eastern time.
Tech Crunch - So how impressive was the Twitter turnout? Well, the company likes to release “tweets per second” stats for events that spur the most activity, but a company spokesperson told me Twitter doesn’t have those numbers for SOPA. Still,, Twitter says it saw 8,868 tweets per second, for example, during the MTV Music Awards, which adds up to more than 2 million tweets in four minutes. It’s an apples-and-oranges comparison, but suggests that anti-SOPA tweets weren’t quite at that level.