Twitter Polls

Introducing Twitter polls. (Click here to hear more from Twitter’s blog)

Previously, the feature was open to a select few profiles. Now everyone can weigh in on topics they care about.

For poll creators, like me, it’s a new way to engage with our audience and understand exactly what people think. For those participating, it’s an easy way to make your voice heard.


Here’s how it works: 

NOTE: I used my station’s Twitter account to access the poll. I do not have the option on my Twitter page, but our meteorologist Trent Magill could use the poll feature. He has a verified Twitter account. I think that Twitter is rolling it out to certain profiles first.

To access the poll, you must be on a desktop or an iPhone. (I have an Android phone. I haven’t seen any updates on my app for the new one.)

You will see a new icon with a “poll” button next to the “location” tab. When you click on it, you will see “Ask a question” and two options “choice 1” and “choice 2” appear.

WATE 6 On Your Side meteorologist Trent Magill used the feature today during our morning newscast, Good Morning Tennessee.

He asked a very simple question: “What are your thoughts on the rain?”

In East Tennessee, we’ve seen a lot of rainy days over the past few week. We’re expected to see more this week.



The question you ask must be less than 140 characters. (Typical for Twitter)

When choosing answers for the poll, you can only create two options. Each answer must be less than 20 characters.

Polls are active for 24 hours.

How to vote: 



When you vote, the choice you selected will show a check with a circle.



Twitter calculates the total votes, percentage for each option and how many hours are left for the poll.