Article by Monica Couvillion | esPResso Staff Writer
If you’re a frequent user of Twitter, whether it be on mobile or your desktop, you may have noticed Twitter polls popping up on your timelines in recent weeks. On October 21, Twitter announced in their blog that after introducing the polling feature to some certified accounts, all users will now be able to create and post their own polls on their feeds.
“If you want the public’s opinion on anything — what to name your dog, who will win tonight’s game, which election issue people care most about — there’s no better place to get answers than on Twitter,” says Todd Sherman, Twitter Product Manager. This new feature is a step in the direction of making Twitter more interactive for users. As of August 2015, Twitter is only a few points ahead of Skype, Google+ and Instagram as the 7th most popular social network worldwide based on number of active users on the platform. The addition of polls may be a step toward making Twitter more inclusive and encouraging more interaction between users.
The introduction of the new polling feature on Twitter interestingly comes as the Republican and Democratic debates have begun heating up and as the race for the 2016 Presidential Election gets underway. It will be exciting to see how the new feature holds up if channels like CNN and FOX begin utilizing the services to poll viewers during and after debates.
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