Hi Dave! How can I create a simple poll for my followers on Google Plus?
Actually, it’s surprisingly easy to create a basic poll within the Google Plus environment if you know all the options you want your followers to see. It’s not going to be particularly sophisticated and it definitely doesn’t replace the more complicated software required for a multi-question poll or a branching poll (where subsequent questions are selected based on earlier answers), but it’s not intended to do that, so that’s not a problem.
To demonstrate, I’m going to build a poll of my own about a really critical question: what’s everyone’s favorite ice cream flavor. And the answers are rather surprising!
To start, here’s what it looks like when you’re poised to enter a new status update:
Rather than the usual content, however, you’ll want to click on “Poll” on the lower right.
Now a very different display appears:
I recommend that as a first step you add a photograph or other image that’ll draw attention to the poll and garner more responses.
I just happen to have a photo of ice cream in a bowl which I simply drag onto the appropriate spot on the screen:
By default, polls have two choices, which are easily filled out.
It looks like this:
If you only need two or three choices, you’re good to go. Otherwise, keep clicking “+ More choices” until you max out at five.
For the sample poll, here’s what it looks like:
Click on “Share” and the results are actually even more attractive than you might expect.
As usual, Google Plus does a splendid job:
Users can vote as easily as clicking on their favorite flavor.
Me? I clicked on “mint chocolate chip”, as you can see with the check mark noted in the results below:
See where it says “votes visible to Public”? Click on it and the entire graphic element rotates around, showing you “behind the image” detailed stats:
That’s all there is to it.
And now that we’re talking about ice cream, I’m thinking that’d make a terrific snack…