The blackout led Seth Borenstein at MSNBC to wonder what it would be like if the Internet went down. The article claims that for a day or so, there wouldn't be any major physical harm, but after a few days it would lead to economic crisis and mass unemployment. As a response to the blackout, The Guardian launched a blog feature called "Guardipedia", where bloggers responded to questions using printed copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica and Who's Who as an alternative to Wikipedia. The Signpost noted that the Britannica volumes were out-of-date, and were not much help in answering a question about South African history: "Apparently Nelson Mandela is still in jail? That's what the book says, anyway."
Twitterers gently mocked Wikipedia's absence with a hashtag called "#FactsWithoutWikipedia" where people made up outlandish claims. MSNBC reports on doug_gross' 'fact': "Marc Zuckerberg (real name, Horblatt Snarfleblurp) was an alien scout sent to Earth to ruin human productivity." Russia Today posted more tweets:
"Eminem had the same skin-whitening treatment as Michael Jackson, but it worked."
"The British version of Wikipedia is called Wikipaedia."
"France has lost its AAA rating. This means they are no longer allowed to sell small batteries."