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Presidential election sparks Facebook fights, Twitter wars

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Election tweet asks Trump supporters to un-follow them.  (Courtesy: Twitter) Election tweet asks Trump supporters to un-follow them. (Courtesy: Twitter)
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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The United States of America has a new President-elect, Donald Trump, but many aren't united over the outcome of the election.

For several months, the presidential election sparked Facebook fights and put tweeters in Twitter tizzies.  Hunter Floyd, a Clemson University student, is a witness.

"I have seen on Twitter like if you tweet this then you're definitely getting blocked," Floyd said. "I have some friends that have family members that are kind of you know- distant family members that aren't agreeing on the point-of-view and have arguments with it."

And with families fighting and so-called friends getting de-friended, Grant Wolken, another Clemson student, decided to distance himself from the social media madness.

"It's all like 'you wrote this or I don't like you,'" Wolken said. So, he doesn't put up political posts on social media sites. 

"They're just going to get mad at me or agree with me and cause other people to fight," Wolken said.

But, because so many people are posting about the election, Sarah Beach is tracking it.

"It gives us a really good picture of what everybody in the nation and the world thinks about certain things," Beach said.

She's an intern and collects research at the Social Media Listening Center at Clemson.

"It's very interesting to see how these same interactions in the quote- un-quote real world play out online," Beach said.

She says the latest data shows a high percentage of negatives.

"I'm seeing 70 percent negative in trending of the election- there are some positives," Beach said.

So, in an effort to save real relationships outside the Twittersphere, she says before anyone posts, tweets, or tags, she has advice she would like to share.

"Just consider everything you write before you post it," Beach said.

Those who track those social media trends say there are more than 257,000 public posts in the country regarding the top unfollow, de-friend, or delete, which are related to the election. 

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