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Poll fever spreads to social media

Supriya Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 11, 2014
First Published: 09:48 IST(11/4/2014) | Last Updated: 09:50 IST(11/4/2014)

Election fever has spread to the social media like Facebook and Twitter as people have been urging others to vote and posting pictures of their inkstained fingers.

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As Chandigarh and Haryana went to polls on Thursday, many people posted pictures of their inked fingers on the social sites, showing them as responsible citizens.

The moment you log in, Facebook has a pop-up, '2014 Lok Sabha elections' on which you click to let your friends know about having cast your vote and become a proud citizen.

Even on WhatsApp, people have changed their display pictures posing with the mark.

This time, on social media party candidates were seen urging people to value the importance of their vote and exercise their franchise. There were numerous pages dedicated to party names and candidates. On these pages, the candidates were seen discussing issues concerning locals and hearing their suggestions.

Social media has acted as a tool in making the youth aware of the polls. Young voters, especially first-timers, were happy posting their pictures, updating statuses and sharing their experiences.

On Twitter, 'GetInked' was trending throughout the day, where people were talking about their areas and polling booths, clicking pictures and posting their experiences.

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