For the tip sheet this week, I tried out the website doopoll, which offers people the ability to create online polls. Polls are an avenue for people to express their thoughts to a news agency or online storyteller in a quick manner, and polls can offer a vague indication of where public opinion stands on everything from political issues to sports.
First, people must make an account. This is easy as they just enter their email on doopoll’s homepage and verify it when doopoll sends them a verification email.
Once they set up a password, people can immediatetly start making polls. They can name a poll themselves or use a template, which will have many questions pre-made around a theme like ‘Product Feedback’ and ‘Employee Happiness.’ If at any point users need help using doopoll, they can send a message to the doopoll team by clicking on the blue message circle on the bottom right-hand corner.
If users choose to name a poll themselves, there will not be any questions pre-made. This allows users to make a poll truly from scratch. The name of a poll I made, ‘NBA Early Predictions,’ shows in the upper left-hand corner of the screen so I always know the poll being edited. Edits related to the text or structure of polls occurs in the ‘Editor’ tab on the left side.
Doopoll software allows users to create a variety of poll question types, including yes/no, multiple choice and slider polls. In these editing pages, users can also change a poll’s status between open and closed. A user who wants to change the question text can do so here as well.
In this example, multiple choice is the chosen question type. Users can write in different answer choices and even have the ability to allow (or not allow) multiple answers. If a user wants a slider poll, he or she can set a minimum and maximum amount for the slider to represent. A complete list of questions users have included in a certain poll shows on the left side. This is also where a user can go to add more questions.
In the ‘Settings’ tab, users can add on more information to their polls. Users can select language, as well as provide an introduction and closing message for people who take the poll. A user can also access a specific poll’s URL on this page.
In the ‘Preview’ tab, users can go test out the poll themselves without their answers affecting the real poll results.
In the ‘Results’ tab, users can see how many responses have been received and the results of those responses. To go back to the main poll page, since the left sidebar is gone on this page, users can press the back arrow.
In the ‘Report’ tab, users can see a detailed results page with the number of responses for each answer and correlating percentages. It basically shows the same information as the ‘Results’ page, but in a more professional, Excel-like format.
While users can do a lot of things using the free features of doopoll, users who want an even more customizable experience can buy ‘Powerups.’ This page can be found under the menu tab in the upper right-hand corner. The ‘Themes Powerup’ allows users to add personal logos and customizable colors. The ‘Teams Powerup’ allows five account users and poll collaboration. The ‘Pro Powerup’ provides a number of additional poll options, including the ability to ‘allow skip questions’ and ‘add question images.’
When users are finally ready to share their poll with the world, they can click the blue ‘Share’ button on the top right-hand corner, which will open a pop-up showing the link to the poll and quick sharing options to sites like Twitter and Facebook. Once users ensure their poll is open and they share their poll link, everything is ready for people to start sharing their opinions!
Q: Is there a limit to the number of responses a user can receive on a poll?
A: Yes, a user can receive up to 250 responses on any specific poll for free. If a user’s audience is going to garner more than 250 responses, it is suggested that the user contacts the enterprise team through an online form found here:
Q: How many possible choices can a user add to a specific multiple choice poll?
A: Based on my testing, it seems that there could be an unlimited amount of answer choices one could add to a multiple choice poll. Even if this is not true, I was able to put together a poll with 26 answer choices just fine:
Most polls will not have this many response choices anyway, so users should not have a problem if they want their polls to have several possible answers.
Q: Can users edit templates?
A: Yes! Templates can be edited in many ways. Users can add or delete questions in a template, change the wording of questions already in the template and edit slider/multiple choice information on any question. Templates really are meant to serve as inspiration or a head start to a user’s poll, not as an already completed poll.
Q: What personal information can users include in their accounts?
A: Users can input their first and last names, email and language. Users can also set up an account name and change their password.