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Tired of the Election Day: keywords to put in Twitter apps so you can ignore democracy

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While social media tools like Twitter can be wonderful for instantly gaging the pulse of a large amount of people, it can also be terribly annoying if you aren't interested in the converation of the day.

But third-party Twitter apps like Tweetdeck, HootSuite and Tweetbot can easily filter out specific keywords so you can go back to reading only about the topics of importance to you.

On Tweetdeck, for example, all you have to do is click the icon that looks like a gear, then click Settings, and then click Global Filter. Then type in the word you want to be filtered out and click Add Filter. Repeat that last step over and over using different words and suddenly you're back to reading about "The Walking Dead", the Lakers, and Lindsay Lohan's latest run in with the law.

Wired has 20 good keywords (like Obama, Romney, ballot, voted, etc.) that will do a decent job for Twitter users nationally, but here in Los Angeles we have some specific words that should be added to their list.

After you plug in Wired's 20 words, also add these 20 and your Twitter stream should be relatively politics free:

Prop
Proposition
Schools
Brown
Measure
Roseanne
Redistricting
Referendum
Fox News
Tax increase
Nate Silver
Feinstein
Berman
Sherman
PAC 
Condoms
Death penalty
Three Strikes
Binders
Obamacare

After the results come in, don't forget to delete the keywords to get the full Twitter experience as the app will not show any tweet with any of the keywords you entered.

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