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Yes Devani, good point: the readiness of people to state, or indicate, their political preference via social media is an intriging phenomenon. This is another way in which politics is doing something to social media, or maybe more to personal interactions.
Many people would hestitate to mention politics in polite conversation (sex, politics and religion are still taboo?) but feel they can do it via social media.That gives us more information on friends - sometimes stuff we don't want to know!
People still seem to wrongly assume that their friends or aquaintances share their views though... which is strange.
Check out this great app which replaces political posts with pictures of cats.
And here's a link to the sort of political insights you get from friends which might turn you off them!
Greg, that's an excellent infographic from you, and some incredible, and useful, statistics. Anyone reading my article should click on Greg's link as well. It's fascinating. The amount of social media interaction was indeed phenomenal. It helps make my point even better - it was the election that provided this means for social media to become a commonplace form of discussion. Not THE forum, and not the forum that is decisive and impactful on its own - but a mature and important part of civic life.