Social media polls have created an amazing way for people to make their voices heard and engage in discussions with others. Twitter polls, in particular, are a great way to generate discussion because they're easy to create and administer.
But what if you want to know who voted in the poll? How can you determine if users in a specific age group resonate with your idea, brand, or product?
In this article, we'll show you how to check who voted in your Twitter poll.
Can you see who voted for your poll on Twitter?
Twitter polls have gained popularity on the platform because they are simple and easy to create. They allow users to conduct surveys and collect data instantly.
For consumers, marketers, or manufacturers looking for market research data on attitudes or habits, Twitter polls are the perfect tool to gauge user feedback. The combination of intelligence generated by many individuals creates a more accurate picture of public opinion.
Unfortunately, Twitter does not reveal the identity of those who participate in a poll. Although you can see the total number of people who voted, Twitter's algorithms are designed to keep usernames secret.
According to Twitter, anonymous voting encourages participation and helps keep personal data private. Ballot anonymity can also allow voters to provide honest answers without fear of social stigma or reprisal.
However, being able to check who voted on your poll can be important for several reasons.
For starters, it can help you analyze the results more descriptively. For example, you might be able to break down comments by geographic region, age, or even gender. Such a breakdown can help your business or organization allocate resources more conservatively. It could even form the basis of a subsequent investigation.
When voting anonymously on a Twitter poll, some participants may not provide accurate feedback. This is because they know the pollster has no recourse and will likely never follow up in search of a more detailed explanation.
Also, some participants may not be interested in the topic of the exercise. Some may vote simply to skew the outcome in some way. Therefore, knowing who voted (and probably who didn't) can help you establish genuine unbiased sentiments.
Although Twitter doesn't provide a direct way to check who voted on your poll, you can find this information with a few workarounds.
Let's see how each one works.
Method 1 – Use a Call to Action (CTA) in the Comments Section
While there is no official or automated way to check who voted on your poll on Twitter, you are allowed to interact with participants and just about everyone on the platform through the comments section of your tweet. You can use it to provide more information about the survey or even invite constructive criticism.
More importantly, you can ask participants to leave additional comments in the comments section of your tweet. You can even decide to be more direct and ask them to explain their positions on the subject.
Although there will most likely be voters who will not respond, many will take the opportunity and explain the reasons for their decision. This way you will be able to collect feedback from a certain percentage of participants and still have access to their Twitter usernames and profiles.
To increase the chances of a respondent going deeper into their response in the comments section of your Twitter poll, follow these steps:
(a) Show gratitude
It is important to respond to comments with kind words and gratitude. Expressing gratitude can go a long way in building trust and making people feel valued. If respondents notice that you're receptive to other comments on your poll, they'll be more likely to open up and engage with your tweet.
(b) Keep the CTA short and to the point
Most people quickly tap on polls, view the results, then quickly scroll through their Twitter feed to see more posts. Plus, a survey lasts a maximum of seven days, which means you have a limited amount of time to get their attention.
For best results, you should try to keep your CTA short and to the point.
(c) Tweet at the right time
A tweet at the right time will generate more responses. Although the timing may depend on your personal preference, you should post the poll when there is heavy traffic on Twitter. If you're in the US, you should tweet between 11 a.m. and 13 p.m. because that's when the volume of tweets is highest.
Method 2 – Use Google Forms
Twitter's built-in polling tool has a ton of great features, but it also has several other downsides besides voter ID retention.
For example, polls are inherently restricted because you can only add one question with no more than four options. The poll question can only use a maximum of 280 characters and each option cannot use more than 25 characters.
If you want to create a more accommodating survey that includes more than one question and potentially offers more options while taking advantage of Twitter's massive reach, Google Forms would be a great choice. But what is it?
Google Forms is a free service from Google that allows users to create surveys, manage responses, and analyze data. This lets you structure your poll however you want, and you can also ask voters to leave their contact information if they're ok with it.
Whether you want someone's opinion on your idea or need feedback on your marketing campaign, Google Forms is one of the fastest ways to get it.
Google Forms may be a completely different third-party tool than Twitter's built-in polling service, but it's fully supported on Twitter. This means that once you've created your Google Form poll, you can embed it on Twitter and share it with your followers.
Your Google Form appears in your subscribers' feed like any other message but as a link. However, Twitter gives all users a quick preview of your form. You can also explain what the form is all about to spark the viewer's interest.
Here's how to share a Google Form on Twitter:
- Open the form and click "Submit" in the upper right corner.
- Click or tap the link icon at the top of the window.
- Click on “Copy”.
- Open Twitter and click the Tweet button.
- Paste the link into the text field, then press Enter.
To participate, a user simply clicks or taps on the link.
Expand your possibilities
As Twitter's popularity continues to grow, so does its role in influencing public opinion. Twitter polls can be used to quickly collect responses from a large group of individuals or ask questions about current events. They are also an effective way for businesses to find out what customers want.
Although Twitter doesn't offer a built-in tool to help users check who voted in a poll, you can get voter information through two handy workarounds.
First, you can create the poll through Google Forms and then embed it on Twitter with just a few clicks.
However, some voters may not like the idea of a Google form, as they will have to leave Twitter to vote. To avoid such a situation, you can use Twitter's built-in polling service and then ask voters for additional feedback in the comments section.
How often do you create polls on Twitter? Have you tried integrating Google Forms into the platform?
Let us know in the comments section below.