~Will Obama win a second term?
~Is Seinfeld the best sitcom of all time?
~Did you buy Call of Duty 4 on opening day?
Take the pulse of your online audience quickly with a free web-based social polling tool called Quipol. I’m guessing that’s short for “Quick Poll.”
It’s easy to use. Here’s how:
Go to Quipol.com and sign up for a free account.
Be sure to create a branded username for your account; I chose http://quipol.com/bloggingbistro, since “bloggingbistro” is the username for my Facebook Page, Twitter account, and LinkedIn Company Page.
As soon as your account is set up, Quipol will route you to a “create a poll” page.
- Type in a question.
- Upload an image that is 350 pixels wide by 260 pixels tall (I used a free stock photo).
- If you want, add a brief description of why you are asking the question or other explanatory info.
You can either “Save as draft” or click “Create this Quipol” if you’re ready to publish it. Quipol will generate both a direct link to your poll, as well as embed code you can copy and paste into your website or blog.
The code will look something like this:
To embed the poll on your blog, copy the code. Click the HTML tab in your blog’s text editor. Position your cursor where you want the poll to go. Paste the code.
You can edit, delete, or close your poll at any time. Just log in to your Quipol account.
How to Vote on a Poll
Voting can be as quick as clicking the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” icon in the “What Say You?” area, or you can vote and then connect the poll to your Twitter and/or Facebook account and add a comment.
This is where the “social polling” aspect of Quipol comes into play. When you allow Quipol to access your Twitter and/or Facebook account, the poll has a better chance of going viral.
After you cast your vote, you can also read others’ comments and you can see live results. Simply hover your mouse over the large circular icon and the current results (total number of votes and percent of people who voted “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” will display, along with any comments voters posted to Twitter or Facebook.
The creator of the poll can see voting results and comments as well. Log in to your Quipol account and click “My Quipols” tab in the upper righthand area of your screen.
Give Quipol a Whirl
Here’s my live poll. To vote, click “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.”
Create your own Quipol and share a link to it in the Comments so we can test this social tool together.
Thanks to Social Media Examiner for alerting me to Quipol.