Twitter experimenting native polls in Tweets

Twitter experimenting native polls in Tweets

Twitter is looking at possibly letting users add quick polls to their Tweets. A company spokesperson confirmed the move in a statement, saying “We’re experimenting with a new way to poll users on Twitter.”

Right now, it looks like polls are only visible on Twitter’s mobile apps and website, but not on desktop applications like Tweet Deck. There’s no indication on whether this capability will be rolled out to the rest of the 316 million monthly active users as it’s an experiment and there’s a chance that this could just wind up being shelved.

Poll: Did you know that Twitter allows you to tweet polls now?
— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) September 24, 2015

This isn’t the first time that Twitter has rolled out polls on the communications service. Previously, companies were able to poll their followers through custom card polls. In 2014, Twitter revealed that it was testing out a feature that would enable native ad feature for publishers. Today’s sightings may hint that this could be rolled out to a wider audience.

From what we’ve seen, all the polls have a 24 hour time limit on them, so it doesn’t appear that never-ending vote casting is allowed.

While Twitter declined to provide more information, a quick query on the site showed that at least Twitter employees and also some verified profiles, including those in the media and in sports, have access to embed these polls.

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