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Can’t decide whether to order Chinese or pizza tonight? Ask your friends! Twitter has finally launched a built-in option to conduct public polls. It’s completely free and works on both mobile and desktop.

For a long time, Twitter users have been conducting polls in a crass workaround, where two options were voted for as a retweet or a favorite. But that took away your ability to actually use those features! The new poll feature fixes that and is yet another reason everyone needs Twitter in their lives Why Everyone Needs Twitter in Their Lives Why Everyone Needs Twitter in Their Lives What can you get in a mere 140 characters that changes your life or has a deep, meaningful impact? Turns out, you can get a lot. Read More .

Everything You Need to Know

Polls are new and the Twitter team is working hard to evolve them based on user feedback. For now, there are certain restrictions, but the feature works pretty well. Here are the salient details you need to know:

How to Create a Twitter Poll

Creating a Twitter poll is dead easy. As long as you see the new poll icon (next to media and location) in your status update box, you’re ready to begin.

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The video above shows the process to create a poll on the web, and it works exactly the same way on your mobile. Just type your tweet explaining what you’re trying to poll, click or tap the poll button, and fill in your two options. It’s as simple as that!

Once you’ve created your poll, remember it lasts for only 24 hours. So to keep it fresh and to help people discover it easily, pin it to the top of your timeline.

And since you can vote through retweets because of Twitter’s new quoted retweet system Retweet With Comments: All You Need To Know About Quote Tweets Retweet With Comments: All You Need To Know About Quote Tweets You may have noticed a new feature on Twitter these past few days: You can now retweet with comments! Here's all you need to know about the new tool. Read More , you can re-issue your poll for those who missed it earlier by composing a new tweet and linking your own tweet in it. Remember to tag it with ICYMI, which stands for In Case You Missed It 30 Trendy Internet Slang Words and Acronyms You Need To Know To Fit In 30 Trendy Internet Slang Words and Acronyms You Need To Know To Fit In The Internet can be a confusing place, even for someone who is using it every day. Here are some key terms you need to be aware of. Read More .

Which Polls Are Most Popular?

Twitter polls are still new, so you won’t get a lot of engagement immediately. But taking a look at the more successful polls so far might help.

“When you look at some of the polls that have gone big, they tend to be ask questions where people have real opinions or they are jokes,” said Twitter Polls product manager Todd Sherman in a Q&A at Product Hunt. “From what I’ve seen, polls spur more conversations around the topic than asking the same question without a poll because people reflect on what others think.”

Sherman pointed out how Oakland Raiders asked above who their fans want to go to behind the scenes with, and then followed it up with the promised video.

Surprisingly, Twitter doesn’t own @polls to market its own authorized polls. That account belongs to Buzzfeed, and they’ve been using it well, even sticking it to Twitter recently:

As you can see, a few patterns emerge:

Get Ready to Hit the Polls!

Just in case you haven’t got Twitter polls yet, hang tight, it’s coming. If you’ve already got it, or seen enough on your timeline, what do you think? What new features do you want in Twitter Polls?

  1. @Hermaniak
    November 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Images? When I tried to include an image to a poll either the poll option gets greed out (adding image first) of the image feature is grey (adding poll first)

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