Twitter testing new feature that allows users to poll their followers
Popular microblogging service Twitter has started testing a new feature which gives users the ability to poll their followers.
The new feature – which is visible on some areas of Twitter from this week - is being experimented by Twitter with a select number of the company’s own employees as well as with some verified accounts which the company deems important. It is not clear when Twitter plans to roll out the feature to all the users of the Twitter site.
For Twitter users who are part of the company’s new ‘polls’ feature, the polls are now visible on Twitter’s desktop version as well as on the Twitter mobile apps. The feature is, however, not available on Tweetdeck and other third-party apps.
The polls are directly embedded into tweets, and are thus a native feature. Since the polls do not require the users to use Twitter cards, users have the capability to attach rich photos, media and videos.
The poll option - visible to the select users participating in the experiment - appears alongside the media and location buttons below the text box which is used by users for writing tweets. The polls are limited to two-answer options, and the voting gets closed after a 24-hour time limit.
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