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Wed., June 20, 2012, 12:26 p.m.

Today’s link: Politically purging Facebook

If you are a true believer in one major political party or the other, you may find it difficult to stay friends with those in the opposite party, at least through the November election.

Not long ago, that may have meant simply avoiding them in social settings, not hanging around the water cooler with them at work or occupying a more distant bar stool during  happy hour. But Facebook changed all that, because  you may have added FB "friends" over the last few years without regard to their partisan leanings. Could that high school classmate whom you "friended" after seeing the list for the reunion turn into a rabid birther? Will that former work colleague bombard you with complicated theories of how the U.S. actually blew up the Twin Towers? Or maybe you're just tired of all the effusive praise of their particular presidential pick.

What's a FB follower to do?

BuzzFeed has developed two links that will help you identify Republicans or Democrats among your friend list, and help you "defriend" them, if you so desire.

Republicans looking identify the Democrats in their lists can start here.

Democrats looking for Republicans in their lists can start here.

But remember, just because you don't agree on politics doesn't mean you can't be friends. Sometimes, anyway.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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