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7 Ways To Make Your Facebook Politics Effective

by Linda L. Rigsbee on 02/08/16

Question: Can a political post on Facebook make a difference, or is it just a good way to make enemies? Answer: Yes – it can do both.

Here are 7 ways Political Facebook posts can be made more effective.

 1. Always check the facts for accuracy.

Any time you post something, it has the potential to influence a person’s perspective. Accurate facts are more effective than inaccurate facts. Inaccurate facts are almost always biased. Misquotes and quotes attributed to the wrong people are either poorly researched or intended to mislead. If this happens very often, people stop listening.

     Some people won’t like the truth and they may try to twist it to their way of thinking. Most people appreciate being told the truth so that they can make up their own mind about whether it is right, wrong or indifferent.

2. Always be Respectful.

Some things appear to be purely common sense. When we voice that thought, it puts us on the slippery slope to a heated argument instead of an informative debate. Belittling doesn’t convince anyone that you’re right. It only convinces them that they don’t want to listen to you. A political post should be informative, not inflammatory.

4. Link unbiased sources.

Any source has the potential of being biased, but when a source has a name or description that announces it is has a specific perspective (conservative, progressive, specified religion, etc), the chances are greater that the information is biased. If you use a source like this, make sure that the posting is accurate and complete. Anyone can post something on the World Wide Web. It doesn’t have to be accurate.

5. Post the whole truth.

Information that is taken out of context is generally biased, but sometimes the brevity required for a picture post is incomplete enough to give the wrong impression. Sometimes that is the intention of the original poster. It is then passed on by people who didn’t read the entire article or listen to the entire speech. If you are going to quote one phrase out of a speech, always link the entire source. We have all experienced someone listening to only part of what we said and jumping to their own conclusion of what they think we meant. This happens more in politics because more people are listening.

6. Be kind.

It’s your Facebook page and you should be expected to post what YOU think, right? It’s all in the delivery. The fact that someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t make them a stupid moron. In fact, if you can’t tolerate an opposing point of view delivered in a respectful way, you may be the narrow minded person that you are accusing them of being. By the same token, some people seem to be spoiling for a fight. Use the unfollow or unfriend options or delete the post. If you delete your comment, it deletes all replies, regardless of whose post it was originally. Keep in mind that if you reply to a post, your Facebook friends will also be able to see it.

      No one is right 100% of the time and most of us spout off at one point or another. Apologize when you know you have offended someone. It happens. When someone apologizes to you, forgive them. Isn’t that what friends do?

 

7. Make appropriate posts.

Facebook is a social network. If you wouldn’t say something at a party of friends in your home, it probably doesn’t belong on Facebook. If someone is at your party who wants to vote for A and you know Z is the best choice, you don’t go on and on about the personal faults of A, do you? Most people will ignore a few offensive comments about their party – especially if the comments are humorous – but no one wants a steady diet of complaints.

     Of course, no one should get all their news from Facebook, but if each person does their part in assuring their political posts are accurate, there is no reason that political Facebook posts can’t have an influence on elections. I know that some posts have caused me to rethink an issue. That’s what we really want people to do – think about the issues and make sure they are well informed before they vote.

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