But wait!” you say. “There are dozens of those! Twtpoll, Polldaddy, Polls.tw, Pollpigeon…” True, but they poll off-site. The user tweets a link to the poll site where the poll is conducted and results presented.
Twitpolls is a new polling application that simplifies the process by staying on-site. Users ask a question in the form of a regular tweet. To respond, followers simply tweet a reply using a hashtag, e.g. #2hours, #3hours, #4hours or #whateverittakes; or #yes, #no, #maybe. Twitpolls tracks those hashtags from your followers, adds them up and sends the results to participants in real-time within Twitter.
Is staying on-site such a big deal?
Well, this is what Tom Jessiman, CEO of Wayin (the company behind Twitpolls) says…
The beauty of this service is its simplicity and alignment with current Twitter behaviour. Most polling services require a user to click a link from Twitter which links to a new website. If you are on a mobile device, this can be a deal killer. By keeping the questions inside Twitter, users stay engaged without the headaches of navigating to multiple websites and applications.
TwitPolls is free, but of course, there are fancy commercial options available such as customised charts and graphs.
So…. think you might use it? #yes #no #maybe?