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Social media politics

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Just ten days remaining before decision 2012. For many people election day can't come soon enough thanks to social media.

In conversation, the two topics most avoided have been religion and politics. When it comes to social media? All bets are off.

"I think it can be annoying if it's a little over the top I have my own opinions but I try to express them in a tactful way," said one woman.

"I don't really pay attention to it, try to ignore it," said another.

Glenn Sparks is a Communications Professor at Purdue University. He says this political season has yielded a cornucopia of friend dumping.

"Pew Research foundation just issued a study that 20 percent of all Facebook users during this election season have taken some kind of action to protect themselves from political expressions that they really don't want to be exposed to," said Professor Sparks.

We turned to facebook to see what you thought about how well politics and social media mix. Within ten minutes we were flooded with responses like Ignore, I'm sick of it, and if you don't want to read it go on to the next post.

Sparks says, "Political communication is communication about deep feelings and I think many people are discovering the text modality of Facebook is not a great medium for expression of deep feelings."

Sparks says etiquette applies online as well. He says best practice? If you wouldn't say it face to face, avoid shouting it on facebook. He says political banter may annoy some facebook friends but it also could cost you your job.

Be sure to check with your company's social media policy before posting any type of controversial topic even on your personal facebook page.

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