The ball has dropped which means it's time to begin alphabetizing your New Year's resolutions. But before welcoming in 2013 and throwing out last year's memories, take one last chance to relive all the glorious, splendid, heartbreaking, tragic, viral, sweet, crazy and fantastic moments of the past 12 months.
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From Honey Boo Boo to the birth of Blue Ivy, SOPA to NASA, iPhone 5 releases to GIF domination, Gabby Douglas' golden moments to Chick-Fil-A PR nightmare, cannibals to a Cruise-Holmes split, to a string of mass shootings that will make us remember this year's incredible heroes and victims -- here's to you, 2012.
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And best of luck 2013, you've got no Mayan apocalypse, Olympic games or U.S. presidential election on the books -- just hope K-Stew cheats on R-Patz again so we'll all have something to eulogize in 2014.
1. GoDaddy Supported SOPA and Faced the Consequences
Technically this debacle took place in the last week of 2011, but the backlash lasted well into 2012. GoDaddy, the popular domain registrar and web hosting company, showed early support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a hotly contested bill regarding copyright violations that was introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith. Many Internet users believed SOPA would lead to extreme censorship of the web and were shocked to hear that GoDaddy supported it. As a result, hundreds of high-profile sites joined a boycott and mass-transfer movement sparked by Ben Huh, founder of the Cheezburger Network, moving their domains away from GoDaddy. The company eventually withdrew its support for SOPA, but not before it lost many customers. In September 2012, GoDaddy faced another PR nightmare when its DNS servers went down due to a distributed denial of service attack, and with the servers went many customers' websites for a long period of time. The company apparently didn't have a backup plan, furthering soiling its reputation. Image courtesy of Flickr, dsleeter_2000.
Video and photo courtesy of Ryan James Yezak.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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