If you are a regular user of Twitter, then you must have observed in the past couple of weeks that more and more polls are being shared and shown on Twitter. This is a result of the all-new feature that Twitter has added where users can share a poll with everybody who visit their tweets, a bit like what Facebook had back in the day. However, unlike Facebook, there are a few restrictions that Twitter has already imposed on the way it has implemented polls. For now, you are limited to creating just two options in the poll, so if you want to ask a choice between say five different options, you would not be able to do so. Not just this, you will also not be able to add any image to the poll either, so the questions will have to be text only for now.
Also, if you are using a third-party Twitter application or even Twitter on Mobile right now, you can not add poll from there. You will mandatorily, have to go to the dreaded Twitter for Web or Official Twitter app in case you are interested in creating a poll to gather opinion on a subject matter.
Disclaimer: Twitter Polls are being rolled out in phases, so there is a possibility that it may not have been enabled for all the accounts just as yet, if it has not, do not panic, you will get the update soon.
In order to create poll, simply follow the following steps once you have logged in to Twitter on Web from your account:
- Click on the compose Tweet button that is located on the top right corner of your Twitter Web window.
- When the window for composing the Tweet opens, you will see the option of Poll which will be right next to the small location and media icon located at the left bottom of the screen.
- When you click the icon, the window will change into a Compose Poll window where you can enter your question as well as the two poll options that users can select from and push the tweet.
Once you do publish the tweet, it remains live for a total of 24 hours, where anybody can vote in it. The live results are displayed with the tweet and just like any other tweet, users can pin the tweet to their profiles for higher engagement with the followers. Do note, you still get 140 characters to create the poll, though you also have character limit even in the content of the polling options that you create.
As we mentioned earlier, not all the users have the Twitter Poll option for now, it is being gradually rolled out, so if you do not, you can always come back and refer to this post later. Oh and while you are it it, make sure you are following us on twitter at: @techsplurge