On Facebook and Twitter and (maybe) Pinterest (?), there was a lot of chatter last night and there will be a lot of chatter today about yesterday's election. People won, people lost, people are happy, people are pissed. It's like if Notre Dame's football team lost to somebody they have a big rivalry with (University of North Dakota?) by three baskets and they only play every four years and the outcome of the game has actual real life repercussions.
Everyone with internet capability wants to put his or her opinions out in the ether, because that's what we do now. But a word of caution: THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET.
Here are some handy tips to help you avoid crashing and burning in front of all of your Facebook friends.
1. Don't be drunk. For one thing, alcohol probably makes you type things you wouldn't normally say to someone's face. Secondly, it makes you spell for shit. And poorly spelled/punctuated comments and status updates are not going to help your case.
2. If you lost, don't say you're moving to Canada. Canada has all the things (higher taxes for the rich, marriage equality, socialized medicine) that made you hate President Obama in the first place.
3. If you won, don't rub it people's faces. You wouldn't like that if you were on the other side, would you?
4. Don't belittle people with different opinions than yours. You probably pay a ton of attention to current events and read all the newspapers and cut through all the bullshit, but so do the people on the other side. Just because someone disagrees with you, does not make them uninformed or brainwashed. They may just have different priorities or points-of-view.
5. Remember that there's a person on the other end of your comment. It may be a person you need to see at Thanksgiving dinner or someone you've never met before, but there's a real person on the receiving end who does not appreciate you belittling his/her choice or beliefs or education or lack-there-of.
6. Back away from the Facebook. Your time would be better spent with your children or watching 2 Broke Girls or volunteering or figuring out how you can help your guy get elected next time. You're not going to change anyone's mind, so maybe stop trying. There is nothing to gain.
7. If someone in your feed seems to be breaking all these rules, don't engage. They probably just need to gloat/blow off some steam. Don't give them the attention they crave.
Do you have any tips?