Twitter has recently started testing a new function with certain users. This function will be an option to add a poll to your tweet, that allows all your followers and other people that see the tweet to weigh in on a decision.
In many ways it seems that Twitter is just making a more polished version of what happens currently with “favorites” and “retweets.” Twitter accounts with large followings will tweet things like “retweet for Michael Jordan or favorite for Shaquille O’Neal.” These are just fun questions to see who people on Twitter think was the better basketball player. This is what the poll function will essentially do; the difference being that now it will have a multiple choice bubble format to the tweet.
The question at hand is whether or not these polls will be liked by the general public. Bigger accounts that have thousands of followers will receive enough answers on the polls to make the results mean something, but smaller accounts held by individuals most likely will not have a big enough following for the poll function to be fun and/or useful.
Regardless of how useful this function will be it does make Twitter more conversational which seems to be the platform’s ultimate goal.
Article posted on September 24, 2015 by Andrew Hutchinson.