Political Posts Surge on Social Media

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Did you do it? As the election results rolled in, did you post something political on a social media site? If you did, you sure aren't alone.

The day after the election and many people are suffering what some call a "social media" hangover.

Social media tracking shows the most popular hash tag on Twitter today has been the word "forward." That was President Obama's campaign slogan. Another Presidential slogan on Facebook was simply, "Yes we did, again."

Inside Loras College's Library, students take a quick study break to scan Facebook.

Student Dale Elenterny said, "There was certainly a post from everyone that was either something good about Obama winning or bad about Romney losing. People saying they are going to move to Canada."

Across campus in David Cochran's political science class, the election is of course the hot topic. As is what's trending online. Cochran tells his students, online political rants will ebb and flow.

Cochran said, "Since we only have an election every two years or four years. It's always going to seem like it's a bigger deal in all areas. "

Some political statuses turned religious or faith-based. A method to stop the madness? That's Benjamin Coleman's plan.

Coleman said, "Maybe people will see it and reflect, maybe take a step back and be like, you know, maybe I shouldn't freak out. "

So don't freak out, he says, instead, log out.
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