Sunday, November 6

Facebook and the Election

I think I can safely say that almost all of us can't wait for Election Day to be over. It's been exhausting, to say the least. The very least. I'm looking forward to the calm that hopefully comes after the storm, and I'm looking for some of the hate to go away.

I'm also looking to get my social feeds back. Our streams have been littered, and in some cases poisoned, by the intensity that has been this election season. I've been ready to turn it all off at a moment's notice, but am now happy there's only a little bit of time left.

But I have been impressed, I must say, at one particular feature on Facebook that is new (at least to my eye) this year...you can view your ballot directly on your news feed. I didn't quite believe it at first, so I clicked. And sure enough, there was my ballot based on my neighborhood. Upper West Side of Manhattan. Now I know not only where to vote, but who to vote for when I step into the booth. Hopefully making the voting time shorter, and the lines shorter too.

Now that is public service, geo-located public service at that. Adding true value to what has been a bit of a value-less and endless debate. And hopefully, at the end of the day, making it easier for people to go out and vote. Because that's what counts.

VOTE! What's your experience? JIM.

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