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Feel like your Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of people telling you to vote, or telling you how they voted? Well, you're right.

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Counting the Votes (on Facebook and Twitter)

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Feel like your Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of people telling you to vote, or telling you how they voted? Well, you're right.

Of course, you didn't need me to tell you that, but nonetheless a new poll from the Pew Internet & American Life Project has attempted to quantify the phenomenon, declaring "social media to be a significant part of the process by which voters are talking about their ballot selections, especially younger voters."

Here's a look at some of the results:

22% of registered voters have let others know how they voted on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter.

Some 25% of the supporters of Barack Obama have posted their presidential preference and 20% of backers of Mitt Romney have done so. This difference is not statistically significant.

Social media platforms have also become a notable venue for people to try to convince their friends to vote.

30% of registered voters have been encouraged to vote for Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney by family and friends via posts on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.

20% of registered voters have encouraged others to vote by posting on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter.

Also of note, the poll finds that 29 percent of registered voters ages 18-49 have announced their vote via social media, and 34 percent of registered voters ages 18-29 have encouraged people to vote for a particular candidate via social media.

There are more interesting results in the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which can be found here.

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