Running polls is a great way of interacting with your social media audience. It gives them a chance to provide a quick one-click answer, which isn’t a problem with most people. And, it provides you with quick feedback from your followers. Another positive thing about polls is that, they tend to spread. Followers of one option or idea tend to gang up on others, especially if the poll goes viral. Facebook’s polling is a very good example. Questions on Facebook get passed around a lot by people who check an option just because they like it. Hence, polls are a great way of spreading around word about your business. Facebook provides you with nice and easy options to start polls quickly. But what about Google Plus? Weirdly, there is no poll option in Google Plus, which is kind of a let-down, especially since every other person on the network seems to be marketing a business or brand. So how can you hold polls on Google Plus?
Luckily, there’s a simple work-around for this problem. It’s so simple, that if you didn’t know about it already, you’ll wonder how you never thought of it before after seeing this post. It’s a simple trick, without the use of any app or add-on.
Conducting polls on Google Plus
To conduct a Google Plus poll, you’ll need to share your question as a status. Write in your question, and prompt people to choose an option in that status. Now, share that status, and make sure it is shared with the Public. You probably want your poll to be available to most people. So let’s keep it that way.
Next step is to add poll options. Comments to your status will do the trick. Write down each option in a separate comment. Make sure you do this quickly, so that others might not comment in between. And if they do, make sure you delete their comment(s).
Once you’ve added all the options necessary, you need to disable comments on your post/poll. You don’t want people commenting their views on your poll, because it gets really difficult to track. You can do this by clicking on the arrow next to your post, and then selecting the Disable comments option.
That’s all there is to it! People who will want to select an option can simply +1 a comment. You can see how many +1s each comment has, and can then compute the most popular option!
If you’re confused, take a look at a Google Plus poll I just made.
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