Regina Lewis makes an interesting discovery about the difference between the Republican Party's reputation on civil rights and the actual facts of the matter:
I've got a theory on this: There are two different types of civil rights activists. One is driven by a sincere compassion for other people no matter the race, creed, color. The other is driven by self loathing and guilt. The self-loathers are usually disingenuous and are only pretending to be tolerant. The fact that they pervert the civil rights movement and confuse everyone about their intentions, they end up being worse than outright racists.
...which is a good guiding principle on what you should say online: If you wouldn't say it in person, don't say it online.
I'm a new fan of News/Talk 760 in Detroit. One of the show personalities I'm most impressed with is Frank Beckman. No matter how controversial the topic, he stays reasonable and challenges guests and callers to think about their positions by asking open ended questions. (I only mention this because it was inspiring and if everybody handled social media like this, our daily interactions would be more constructive than destructive.)
A few weeks ago, Frank and few guests were talking about how people are using Facebook - because while FB has some 47 million users, some people are still unsure of how to use the power in social networking sites. FB seems to be everywhere, but with so many options on how to use it, sometimes it's tough to create guidelines that always give a user the positive experience they're looking for.
Facebook is a multi-tool. Some people use it to update the world about every mundane detail of their life, while others use it as a business networking tool. You can use it for anything you want, but in the end, your posts (and any online activity for that matter - which includes SR.com) are either enhancing relationships...or destroying them.