The doomsday post
Their message: If the other guy wins, the end is near.
Our (sarcastic) reaction: that makes sense. Seems logical. Can't see why this wouldn't happen.
Convincing factor: 0/10 Why? Too extreme.
The informed post
Their message: I'm simply trying to share the facts with you. I'm not trying to start any fights. Just putting more information out there. Information that proves that I'm right.
Our reaction: Ok. I probably won't read that post, and I may hide you from my news feed, but I don't hate you.
Convincing factor: 2/10 Why? Does anyone change their mind based on articles people post on facebook? Don't we just post articles to further prove why we're voting the way we are? Do we really expect to change anyone's minds?
The if-you-knew-what-I-know-you'd-vote-for-my-guy post
Their message: You're simply lacking the information that I have. If you had the information I have, you would have no choice but to vote for my guy. Let me share this information with you so you can be informed, like I am.
Our reaction: Stop being condescending.
Convincing factor: 0/10 Why? It's annoying to be talked down to like that.
The mean post
Their message: Usually in the form of "funny (mean)" pictures. Typically says that if you're a Democrat you both own an iPhone AND are on welfare, and if you're a Republican, you hate Big Bird.
Our reaction: You're a jerk.
Convincing factor: -10/10 All this does is further convince us that we don't want to be on your side 'cause you over simplify and are mean.
The one issue matters most post
Their message: The issue I care about the most is the reason I vote for the person I vote for. If you don't vote for the same one issue as me (abortion, gay rights, military, education, tax cuts) then you deeply offend me and are against me.
Our reaction: Um..... ok.
Convincing factor: 1/10 We're convinced we need to avoid you until after the election. But we appreciate and respect your passion.
The violent post
Their message: I want to violently hurt the guy I'm not voting for. Don't you?
Our reaction: Not really.
Convincing factor: 0/10
The character post
The message: The guy I'm voting for has great character. He's done this, that, and the other for other humans. He's done x, y, and z for his church. Your guy is a Muslim who wasn't born in America. OR Our guy cares more about people. Yours cares about corporations. We have compassion and you don't!
Our reaction: Eye roll.
Convincing factor: -5/10 We feel like you're judging us when you say that.
The you're an idiot if you don't vote for my guy post
The message: No but for real, if you don't vote for the same guy as me, you CLEARLY don't understand the constitution or the issues at hand. You're misinformed and DUMB. Read a book for once in your life!
Our reaction: No, YOU'RE dumb.
Convincing factor: -20/10
The I don't care how many friends I lose, politics are that important to me post
The message: THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME - IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME, WE CAN NO LONGER BE FRIENDS.
Our reaction: The feeling is mutual.
Convincing factor: nil
The clearly jumping on the band wagon post
The message: I usually don't care about politics but I heard this thing today and NOW I'M MAD!
Our reaction: Take it down a notch.
Convincing factor: Whatever the issue is you are mad about, we've already heard of it and are over it.
Facebook political posters - keep up the
Sincere question though: Has any Facebook post ever changed your mind? What effect do these posts have on you? Is there such a thing as a positive political Facebook post?