Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What Facebook Status updates tell you

In my journal I scribble down ideas for future articles.  One of them reads "talk about Facebook updates."  Well, I was going to wait a while to do that piece, but last night's surfeit of updates prodded me to give others some insight into what my generation is thinking.  The 18-24 vote really did make a significant difference but was only one part of a wide coalition that Obama built.

For those of you who don't know, Facebook "updates" give you an opportunity to comment on the moment.  It's an impressionistic "tweet" which is continuously updated for everyone you're networked with.

I'm blocking out the name of the person whose update it is and am not commenting at all.  I've also "bleeped" words where necessary :-)

Oh, and to give you some context, my 401 facebook friends are:

an average age of 25
of all religious persuasions
mostly middle to upper middle class
college-educated (graduate level or above) or in college (undergraduate)

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XXX is really disappointed in a lot of people...
16 minutes ago 

XXX is elated and for everyone that fears change, change is good, change is necessary, and change is happening because and for all of us.
33 minutes ago 

XXX is SO relieved Obama won! YAY!
44 minutes ago 

XXX Has Decided That Somethings Are Better Left Unsaid....
about an hour ago 

XXX is Concerned As To What This Country Has Come Too...I Feel Disgraced!
about an hour ago 

XXX cried when his faith in America was restored.
3 hours ago 

XXX Downtown Kansas City is filled with cheering and cars honking their horns.
3 hours ago 

XXX finds it funny that our first black president isn't really black, and the first Catholic VP isn't really Catholic.
5 hours ago 

XXX is allll about John McCain's speech.
5 hours ago 

XXX is God Bless the U.S.A.
5 hours ago 

XXX is well, coulda been worse....it could've been Hilary...just threw up thinking about that one.
6 hours ago

XXX You say it best, when you say nothing at all.
6 hours ago 

XXX is YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
6 hours ago 

XXX is so excited for the next 4 years, and will pray for continued wisdom and discernment for our nation's leaders. Yes. We. Did.

XXX is zac efron for president!
7 hours ago

XXX is thinking that even I would make a better president than Obama.
7 hours ago 

XXX is grinning from ear to ear: si, podemos, motherf*cker.
7 hours ago 

XXX is so proud to be an American.
7 hours ago 

XXX All the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met.
7 hours ago 

XXX is SAD!
7 hours ago 

XXX is oddly inspired that every status she's seen is about the election- regardless of your opinion, I'm glad youre passionate and care (minus the racist bullsh*t).
7 hours ago  

XXX is feeling like he needs to join the peace corps or something.
7 hours ago 

XXX is trusting America...maybe you see something I don't. {Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave-O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?}
7 hours ago 

XXX is tentatively attending the Obama inaugural ball and swearing in ceremony.
7 hours ago 

XXX is OBAMA!
7 hours ago 

XXX is happy about CHANGE, especially the Obama's new dog!
7 hours ago 

XXX is SO AMAZINGLY HAPPY!! THANK GOD FOR OBAMA AND BOSTON RALLYS!!
7 hours ago 

XXX is happy for the African American people, and the emotional healing. Hopefully Obama will see the light, that real hope goes further than emotions! I pray.
8 hours ago

XXX IS SO THRILLED. Change is here and it is powerful. Obama '08!
8 hours ago -

XXX is so freaking awesome. this is like the end of Star Wars when the Emperor is finally defeated and the Empire is defeated. ...wait ignore what i just said. this is great, though.
8 hours ago

XXX is Glad that Obama was elected, but not ready to crown him savior of America. Let's see what happens these next four (8?) years.
8 hours ago

XXX is wondering what is next.
8 hours ago 

XXX is celebrating Obama's good old fashioned ass kicking over McCain... YES WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!
8 hours ago 

XXX is ready for an Obama Presidency.
8 hours ago 

XXX ideas are bulletproof.
8 hours ago 

XXX is you know what would have been funny... if pres obama would have said, i accept this rose.
8 hours ago 

XXX says OBAMANATION!!!! McCain have fun shopping with Palin!!
8 hours ago 

XXX is hoping for the best.
8 hours ago 

XXX is oh so excited for the future and can not wait till this weekend to see her bffff!
8 hours ago

XXX is woah.
8 hours ago 

XXX :"There are no lost causes because there are no gained causes." -Russell Kirk.
8 hours ago 

XXX has accepted defeat, is ready to support the new president and hope he lives up to the hype.
8 hours ago

XXX is amazed that for the first time ever she can believe that there actually CAN be change....YES WE CAN!!
8 hours ago 

XXX is really excited for the path of our country. God is nonpartisan, just remember that and quit with the "How would Jesus Vote" attitude... OBAMA 08!
8 hours ago 

XXX is America is the real winner.
8 hours ago 

XXX is go-bama!
8 hours ago -

XXX is proud to be an American again... OBAMA '08.
8 hours ago 

XXX "Bush f*cked up so bad that he made it hard for another white guy to get elected" 
8 hours ago 

XXX says democracy: now ur doin it rite.
8 hours ago 

XXX OBAMA WINS!
8 hours ago 

XXX is Why do we have to have a Greek prof that doesn't understand that studying cannot get done on election night!!!

XXX damn I am so moved.
8 hours ago

XXX is Yay!!!!!
8 hours ago

XXX loves how i just talked to my sister in Israel about the election... she stayed up all night for it! such a good girl!
9 hours ago 

XXX is looking forward.
9 hours ago 

XXX is PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!
9 hours ago 

XXX is WAHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
9 hours ago 

XXX wants to run and scream and jump up and down but will probably get yelled at for being too loud!!! OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!! :).
9 hours ago 

XXX is thinking about where she wants to move to....with her money, so this new gay-vornment wont steal it.
9 hours ago

XXX at 12:12am November 5
XXX you can move to australia with me. i'm living on the beach. and nobody steals your money or wants to bomb australia.

XXX loves falling asleep to gun shots and dreaming about her higher taxes...bummer.
9 hours ago 

XXX is OBAMA!!! WOO!!
9 hours ago

XXX hopes everyone knows what their doing.
9 hours ago

XXX is the power of many voices prevails for the change we need.
9 hours ago 

XXX is going to miss Tina Fey's Sarah Palin.
9 hours ago 

XXXX says... yes we DID.
9 hours ago 

XXX is Yay!!!!!:) :)!!!!!!
9 hours ago

XXX says it is time for all conservatives to come together to fight the socialist policies to come! remember the Republican Revolution! Conservative resurgence!
9 hours ago 

XXX wishes he was in Chicago right now!!!!
9 hours ago 

XXX says it is time for all conservatives to come together to fight the socialist policies to come!
9 hours ago

XXX is praying for the country she loves. May God have mercy on us.
9 hours ago 

XXX "If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again." - Ronald Reagan
9 hours ago

XXX has never been so angry in her life. History will prove me right. And if all of you would do me a favor and respect my opinion, that would be nice.
9 hours ago 

XXX is OBAMA!!! I can't wait for January!!
9 hours ago 

XXX is well the next four years ought to be interesting...
9 hours ago 

XXX is disappointed. We're in for a rough four years.
9 hours ago 

XXX is HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE!!!
9 hours ago 

XXX is screaming and jumping up and down. President Obama...what a nice ring to it!!!
9 hours ago

XXX congratulates Obama and his supporters, especially the African-Americans who have finally received their due.
10 hours ago 

XXX is aware that we now have the president we deserve.
10 hours ago 

XXX is laughing at the 'election' results, good times and God spare us.
10 hours ago 

XXX is astonished that a man with no experience will now be President of the United States.

XXX is sad! :(.
10 hours ago 

XXX hold on...its going to be a long bumpy ride down the tubes.
10 hours ago

XXX is taking a shot for Barack!
10 hours ago 

XXX is YES!!! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!
10 hours ago 

XXX is sated on electoral deliciousness.
10 hours ago

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