Politics on Facebook? No Thanks!

I just saw a scary prediction on Twitter. And it’s probably true: Presidential election 2012 will be about winning the Facebook news feed.

Not my news feed.

Facebook is like a party: people getting together, bragging, sharing, and telling jokes. It has the same social rules. Don’t be rude. Don’t get drunk and embarrass yourself. Don’t tell terribly embarrassing stories about your friends. And if you’re going to talk politics and religion, you better make sure those you’re talking to want to hear it.

Sorry, but I don’t.

I’ve never seen anyone change a political view or a religious belief because of a discussion, whether online or in person. I’ve seen lots of people expose their ignorance about religion and politics. I’ve seen many fallacious arguments. I’ve done it myself.

No more. Not on Facebook.

There are places where politics is the order of the day, same for religious discussions. Usually, it’s forums designed specifically for these topics.

I realize these are just my opinions about the appropriate use of Facebook. I can’t stop you from using Facebook for other purposes.

I can only hide you, block you, or unfriend you.

By Brent Logan

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  1. Brent, as one who lacks some of the finer points of social intelligence, I really appreciate this post. Your “rules” are good principles to follow. I had never thought of FB as a party, but that is a great way to look at it.

    Thank you!

  2. Where else, other than a party, do friends from so many backgrounds gather? The Facebook news feed is the party.

    Want to discuss politics? Get a room (or maybe a Facebook group). ;-)

  3. I agree with you. I have used the same analogy when describing FB to those who don’t understand it or think it is stupid.

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