I’m not sure whether this is going to be the new Social Media craze, we shall have to wait and see, but Google Plus and now Twitter have begun allowing people to add polls to their Timeline. For interaction it is undoubtedly a good thing and, possibly for the social networks too – Google Plus needs new features since it has long been declared dead, and Twitter is desperate to remain alive and increase users – but is there a point to it all?
None of the polls I have seen on Google Plus are serious, most people have simply made fun of the addition, so it is likely to remain a very under-rated feature. For Twitter, though?
Screenshot Source: 54Books / Twitter
For some news agencies the new polls could be a wonderful way to gather useful information from their followers. How do people react to the articles which are linked? Is there something which they would like to see more, or less, of? What is missing, at the moment, is the chance for users to add their own answer; the polls appear to be based entirely on what is entered, and that can be very limiting indeed. A chance to add – rather like an Other section on a form which opens up a new user-friendly box to be filled in – would greatly enhance the whole.
Other than that, polls are quite old news. They’ve been on some news sites – such a Yahoo! and BBC – for years. Twitter, though, is an entirely new ballgame, and likely to bring in many new responses.
As to the question from 54Books: if I begin taking selfies will I become an Instagram influencer? No. Sorry, but even Taylor Swift isn’t really an influencer, no matter what anyone says. And selfies? One or two go viral each year, from the billions which are taken and published on the Internet, so the chances of influencing anything are more than remote!
- Viktoria Michaelis.