Monday, July 07, 2008

Poll Everywhere - Trying it Out

I've been wanting to try out Poll Everywhere, so let's do a little experiment to see how this works. Here is the embedded poll. After each vote is cast, you'll be able to see an update on this page. It took about seven seconds for my response to appear after I submitted my vote via text message on my cell.

You can also send people to a webpage where they can vote with their computers, but I'm interested to see how many votes we can accumulate only by using cell phones. Each cell phone can only be used once to vote, so people can't stuff the ballot box with multiple votes. The free version is limited to 30 responses for each poll, although you can have as many different polls as you like. Paying a monthly fee will allow you to collect more reponses per poll.

According to their website: "It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere." We'll be the judge of that.

Let's see how long it takes to gather 30 responses, at which time I'll close the poll. To submit your answer to the poll question (How many different e-mail accounts do you check regularly?), just send a text message to the phone number 41411. If you have a hard time seeing anything on the embedded window above, click the full screen link to have a better look.

The only thing you put in the text message is the following

cast 5789 (or whichever number is correct for you)

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