Introducing Photoboards: Enhanced Photo Galleries for Twitter
We all know that with Twitter you can post photos for your followers to check out. People can also tweet @ you photos that they want you to enjoy. This is all well and good but it’s arguably not the most efficient way to interact. TwitPoll’s Photoboards aims to create a conversation around a photo topic and not just make exchanging photos a once in time event like proverbial ships passing in the night.
It all works like this. A Twitter user logs into TwitPolls and creates a Photoboard. It can be around a question, contest or any theme. Let’s say for this example that the Twitter user wants to see photos of cars that other users drove during their younger years. After posting, their followers can respond by submitting a photo (Me: 1986 Honda Accord). This is done by the normal Twitter reply window either on Twitter.com or on TwitPolls.com. As we’ve mentioned before, consider TwitPolls an extension of the great Twitter itself.
Submitted photos then are presented on TwitPolls.com for all your followers to enjoy. The collage that they are presented in makes it easy for others to view, retweet and Tweet comment. It’s really a fun way to have a photo-based conversation around any topic where imagery helps convey a thought.
Get started with TwitPolls Photoboards.
TwitPolls will let sports teams, brands, TV producers and ad agencies build Twitter polls and measure voting in real time, increasing interaction and building loyalty with fans. For the fans, polls look the same as any other tweet that comes from a brand’s Twitter account — and responding to the poll with a certain hashtag will count as a vote. The platform uses Twitter’s API to weed through the noise of certain hashtags to directly link responses to questions that are asked through TwitPolls system.
The service is launching with a freemium model, initially letting anyone to create a poll on Twitter for free. But it’s got some bells and whistles and extra features that it’s willing to extend to enterprises — stuff like leader boards, additional games or customized charts and graphs — for a fee. For WayIn, that’ll provide a path to monetization — particularly as McNealy can work his rolodex to get sports teams, TV programmers and other brands on board.
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A brief video that we did with How it Works Media explaining the Twitter polling service we call TwitPolls.
We were doing a demo of TwitPolls (launching soon!) the other day and it reminded me of a great use case for polling on Twitter. First, Twitter owns live events right now. I simply love to type in ‘Nuggets’ when watching Denver play on the tube. You’ll see the stream of consciousness from everyone out there on the Web.
This isn’t Facebook’s forte. If I want to post something to Facebook, it’s within my network. While some of my friends and family may be watching the game, it’s nice to see what folks from around the country think.
Events on Twitter are made even better with TwitPolls. Rather than having to have another application or website open while you are watching a sporting event, simply look for the twitpolls.com link in your Twitter feed. Reply directly to them and you’re done. It really couldn’t be simpler - a great new way to interact with live events.
Television just doesn’t do it for me anymore. I used to be content to put my feet up, turn on the tube and let the day pass by. Not anymore. It’s not that television isn’t entertaining; it’s just not entertaining enough. I’m not alone. A current study by Razorfish spotlights an emerging trend - 80% of respondents report using a Web-enabled phone during the course of watching television programming. Why not make the most of this second-screen?
That’s where TwitPolls comes in. If you are watching a basketball game and simultaneously reading the banter between fans of both teams on Twitter, now you can engage a step further. When the @NBA posts a tweet “Think Rondo will get a triple-double? #Yes #No”, fans can reply to this tweet inside of Twitter with the hashtag of their answer. TwitPolls does the rest. Using Twitter’s API, it scans the fan responses, tallies the results and presents fancy charts and graphs to participants in real-time.
The beauty of this service is its simplicity. Most polling services require a user to click a link from Twitter which links to a new website. If you are on a mobile device, this can be a dead-end. By keeping the polls, market research or game questions inside Twitter, users stay engaged without the headaches of navigating to multiple websites and applications.
The core service of the TwitPolls is free. Anyone can post a poll to their Twitter followers and view real-time results free of charge. Enterprises that want additional functionality such as leaderboards, additional games or customized charts & graphs can speak with a company rep for details on how to make it happen. To be added to the beta-launch list or to speak with a company rep, visit TwitPolls.com.