Have you posted a Twitter poll? If you have, let’s talk. If it was a success, let’s talk now. I ran four related poll questions on two days at different times, and the results may be best described as…interesting. Did the polls make an impact? Not really. Could they? I’m not sure, but I believe so. I’ll share what I learned, but I have a long way to go. I’m no poll pro—yet.

How to create a poll

I use TweetDeck and didn’t find polling available. Does anyone know if it’s on Hootsuite, Buffer or? I accessed polls directly on Twitter.

From Twitter Help  

“To create a poll on twitter.com:

  1. Click into the compose box at the top of your Home timeline, or click the Tweet button in the top navigation bar.
  2. Click the Add poll icon 
  3. Type your poll question into the main compose box. You can use up to 116 characters in your poll question.
  4. Insert your first poll option into the Choice 1 box, and your second poll option into the Choice 2 box. You can use up to 20 characters for each option.
  5. Click + add a choice to add additional options to your poll. Your poll can have up to four options.
  6. Your poll’s duration defaults to 1 day. You can change the duration of your poll by clicking 1 day and adjusting the dayshours, and minutes. The minimum amount of time for a poll is 5 minutes, and the maximum is 7 days.
  7. Click Tweet to post the poll.”

The first Round

I ran four polls or questions on March 14th at 11:50 am.

  1. Are you recognized for your contributions at work?

75 % Yes, most of the time

25% No, seldom

The poll received 4 votes.

  1. What’s most important to you at work?

14% Money

14% Recognition

0% Benefits

72% Flexibility

7 votes and one retweet.

  1. Do you feel like part of a team?

75% Yes, we are a team

25% No, we work alone

4 votes

  1. How would you describe your work culture?

20% Supportive

40% Fun

0% Chaotic

40% What Culture?

5 Votes

The Results 

I wasn’t impressed with the results but attributed the low response in part to not being easily recognizable as a poll and for being posted on lunch hour. For the second round I added #TwitterPoll (It’s a thing) and posted just before 2 pm, unfortunately, as you’ll see, the numbers went down.

The second round   

  1. Are you recognized for your contributions at work?

100% Yes, most of the time

0% No, seldom

The poll received 1 vote.

  1. What’s most important to you at work?

0 % Money

0 % Recognition

0% Benefits

100% Flexibility

1 vote

  1. Do you feel like part of a team?

100 % Yes, we are a team

0 % No, we work alone

2 votes

  1. How would you describe your work culture?

33% Supportive

33 % Fun

33 % Chaotic

0% What Culture?

3 votes

What did I learn?

I learned the work related questions I asked performed better at noon than early afternoon. Also that #TwitterPoll didn’t make a difference. In all, the polls received 27 votes. The answers were interesting if inconclusive. If you’ve posted a Twitter poll what have you learned? What tips can you share?

For those who are interested here are the overall results 

  1. Are you recognized for your contributions at work?

80 % Yes, most of the time

20% No, seldom

The poll received 5 votes.

  1. What’s most important to you at work?

12.5 % Money

12.5 % Recognition

0% Benefits

75% Flexibility

The poll received 8 votes and one retweet.

  1. Do you feel like part of a team?

66 % Yes, we are a team

33 % No, we work alone

The poll had 6 votes

  1. How would you describe your work culture?

25 % Supportive

37.5 % Fun

0% Chaotic

37.5 % What Culture?

8 votes