The recent protests of popular sites like Wikipedia and Reddit saw their content become completely inaccessible to internet users. While this certainly made a statement about how they feel about a free and open internet, life did go on. For those that use these blacked out sites on a regular basis, it probably caused quite an inconvenience. This leads to the question: what do the rest of us do during internet protests when our favourite sites aren’t available? Thankfully, there are alternatives.
The popular reference site sees over 10 million accesses per hour. But it’s not the only all-in one source. Alternatives to Wikipedia include the online Encyclopedia Britannica, which offers two-week access at no cost. Free alternatives are Citizendium and Scholarpedia.
Social Media Sites
What if Facebook went black for a day? If you plan ahead by signing up with and building your network on other social media sites, even the longest blackout doesn’t have to be a big deal. And, you could discover new ways to communicate in the meantime, such as Google Hangouts, which allows you to create an online room and invite your friends to enjoy some quality face time via webcam and text chat.