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9 Lessons Facebook Taught Us On Election Day

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A few years ago, we used Facebook simply to connect with friends. Now the social network gives us insight into current events and noteworthy trends, in addition to our ex's new squeeze. This means that during election years, many users take to Facebook to rant about politics or search for nuggets of information on prospective candidates.

Facebook can also teach us important lessons about Election Day. Below we've rounded up some of the best things we learned from the social network on November 6, 2012 -- from where to get live updates about the country's voting patterns, to figuring out which of our friends are moving to Canada.

Do you access Facebook to receive political updates? How did you use social networks on Election Day? Sound off in the comments section below, or tweet your thoughts to @HuffPostTech. Then read more about why some people are quitting social media for election day (here).

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