After the election, social media makeup day?

We’ve concluded another American election and selected Barak Obama as our President for four more years. It wasn’t close enough to end up court and the losing candidate graciously conceded. If the men at the top can have a peaceful conversation at the end, does that mean that the rest of us can, too? Maybe, maybe not.

This was the first election where nearly everyone we know was on Facebook, LinkedIn and maybe Twitter. Politics showed up and people were flamed and unfriended. Even those still connected after the election may have bruised egos and hurt feelings.

Website Mashable’s poll shows nearly half of respondents unfriended someone during this election season.

Social Media Makeup Day

So maybe every four years, the first Wednesday in November needs to be Social Makeup Day, an official day of re-friending that leftest from college or the Tea Party supporter from your home town. After all, absent politics, you were willing to have them as a connection in the first place. Perhaps Hallmark can have a line of cards with sympathetic “I miss you on Facebook” messages. FTD can have special bouquets made with olive branches.

As for those who left regrettable comments in public places, well, I hope there was a lesson learned. Social media is a bit stickier than chat around the water cooler and we are what we tweet. When the passion slows down, the Web remembers all too well.

As this video shows, not everyone’s ready to make up.


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Author:Jeanne Roué-Taylor

I'm fascinated by disruptive technology and its impact on our world. I manage sales operations for an excellent startup with a unique team of highly experienced data scientists.

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One Comment on “After the election, social media makeup day?”

  1. Larry Mann
    November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I indeed un-friended a few people. It was not their argument, in fact they came from opposite camps. Both had apocalyptic viewpoints and both hot personal.
    By the way, “unfriended” doesn’t make it past autocorrect, so we now have a new word!

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