Twitter Polls Are An Awful Idea

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They’ve completed it. Twitter has cracked the code. No, it’s not a new CEO. Nope, it’s not a new option to ship content material with context that you simply could be concerned with.

It’s polls.

The unfinished feature has hit the streams of many Twitter staff and early adopters. I’d embed one, however yeah, I can’t. So right here’s an image.

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The wonderful thing about Twitter, and one thing Jack Dorsey and the founding group likes to reiterate, is that the platform is a spot the place individuals can share their ideas, converse their minds and do all of it in actual-time. Nothing says the precise reverse of that than polls. The reality is that Twitter wants structured knowledge to earn money. A lot of structured knowledge. One thing Fb found out an extended very long time in the past. Fairly than scanning all the one hundred forty-character musings of its 300 million customers for sentiment and different alerts, we get polls.

Do you want me? Y/N

I’ve definitely used Twitter to ask questions of people who find themselves good sufficient to comply with me (I’m very sorry for many who do). I’ve gotten some nice solutions. However the one cause why I’ve gotten nice solutions is as a result of I didn’t restrict individuals to 2, three, 4 or no matter solutions. That they had one hundred forty characters minus my username to reply. And it’s magic.


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Not magic.

Now positive, you possibly can nonetheless reply to somebody together with your ideas and concepts whereas collaborating or not collaborating within the ballot, however doesn’t that make the thought of the ballot nugatory within the first place? Only a few issues get added onto tweets natively, like pictures, so area is restricted. Did customers ask for this? Is that this the important thing to bringing new people into the Twitter world?


Manufacturers will love it, media retailers will love it (BuzzFeed is gonna embed the shit out them, and oh…the presidential election!@#!@#), and sports activities groups asking questions of followers this Sunday will love it. However whenever you ballot somebody, you deter them from making their true voice heard. It’s easy psychology. Twitter customers simply can’t be trusted with their very own phrases, I assume. Twitter can’t do something with them, as a result of it’s too exhausting. Tweets want construction now — to generate income from the content material, at the least.

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No phrase on when it will make its means into the product for everybody, which I assume that it'll because it’s within the palms of the parents I discussed above. I reached out to Twitter for remark on polls and a spokesperson responded with: “We’re experimenting with a new option to ballot customers on Twitter.”

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Wake me up once we’ve considered a method to get extra individuals talking extra of their minds with protection from being harassed by jerks. Let’s not shut everybody up by turning Twitter right into a Myspace Q&A widget. Once I see glittered-up profiles, I’m outta right here.

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Source : TechCrunch