A new report from Pew Research finds that 22 percent of voters have told others how they voted via social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. For young people between the ages of 18 to 29, that percentage jumps to 29 percent.And even more people -- about 30 percent of registered voters -- have been "encouraged to vote" for a certain candidate via posts on the sites. For the 18- to 29-year-olds, a whopping 45 percent have been pressured by friends and family to vote.
Overall, 74 percent of voters did at least one of these activities, be it getting a message about voting, sending out the messages, or broadcasting who they voted for via the social networking sites.
While those are big numbers, they're no longer very surprising. Social networking has played an increasingly important role in elections and other major events, almost to the point where using the sites is no longer unique.
Marc Andreessen, one of Silicon Valley's best-known and often spot-on prognosticators, has gone so far as toas such services become commonplace in the process. He argues that at some point, elections will be entirely online.