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Repairing broken bridges on Facebook after election

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Now that the election is over, it's time to mend fences.  Not between political parties – we're talking about the rift between you and your Facebook friends.

It happened to Ray Cortez. He got tired of seeing mean-spirited political rants on his news feed. And he wasn't shy about speaking up, in the comments.

Cortez says he has actually lost friends over it.

"To the fact that people defriend me because I don't agree with them politically or philosophically? That's fine, it's only Facebook. I'll get over it," Cortez told FOX 26. "But what does that say about our society?"

The Houston Press' Jeff Balke has written often about the good, the bad and the ugly of political spleen-venting on social media.

"Many people that I know have sort of discovered a new side to their friends," said Balke, "one that they really didn't anticipate that they'd have."

But Balke now offers a solution: you can copy and paste his "Open Letter to People I Un-Followed During the Election," which makes amends for campaign-related disagreements.

Just fill in the blanks, Mad Libs-style, to fit your particular situation and then send it off to your frenemies.

You'll find the Open Letter here:

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/11/the_morning_after_an_open_lett.php

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