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Occupy the URL Takes OWS Protests to the Internet

The Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to cities across the world. Now they’re also spreading to banks’ websites.A program called Occupy the URL, launched Tuesday, will turn any website into a protest, complete with pop-up photos of Occupy Wall Street protesters. Users need only insert the URL they wish to occupy.

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The program doesn’t actually change a website it targets, but rather creates a mashup of the page and protester images under a new URL. But the new site is more than just a collage over a screenshot of the targeted website: links from the original page remain live in the new URL.

“We just wanted to provide a way for people anywhere online to show their support,” says Jim Pugh, who created Occupy the URL. “I think there are different sites out there that people would be interested in occupying: Wells Fargo, Bank of America.”

Wall Street

Image by f-l-e-x via Flickr

Pugh is the CTO of Rebuild the Dream, an organization launched in June with similar (and similarly vague) goals to Occupy Wall Street. Though he has visited Occupy protests in San Franciso, New York and D.C., the photos featured in the program are pulled from Flickr Creative Commons.

The goal, he says, is to get more people involved in the movement.

Craig Kanalley, who pointed the site out on Twitter, had a different take: “Now you can Occupy a URL. In case you didn’t think Occupy was a meme yet,” he tweeted.

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Pugh agrees with the tweet, saying, “I think it’s definitely a meme. I think at this point, you see people all over with knowledge of it. You see various funny graphics popping up.  You see sites like this one popping up a little more. It’s definitely something that has captured the public’s interest.”

Update: As a commenter has pointed out, this site also offers the opportunity to occupy web pages.

Wells Fargo’s website has been OCCUPIED
From YouTube 

The 99% has occupied the website of Wells Fargo bank: http://occupytheurl.com?url=www.wellsfargo.com

Story from Mashable.com

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