What do you think: Is participating in a poll "social networking"?

28 May 2008 - 2:09pm
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tdellaringa
2006

If you had a social network that had all the typical features, friends,
photos, chat, etc., and it also had polls, would you consider polls as part
of that social network?

My initial thought is no because there's no real interaction between people
- but it is something that a group of people participate in, even though
they simply cast a vote. Thoughts?

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28 May 2008 - 2:15pm
Nancy Broden
2005

Polls are a one-way feedback mechanism. Unless there's a way to turn
that into a two-way street, I wouldn't think of it as a "social
networking" feature.

N

On May 28, 2008, at 12:09 PM, Tom Dell'Aringa wrote:

> If you had a social network that had all the typical features,
> friends,
> photos, chat, etc., and it also had polls, would you consider polls
> as part
> of that social network?

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Nancy Broden
nancy.broden at gmail.com

28 May 2008 - 2:19pm
Anonymous

An example of a two-way street on a social network might be if you
create a poll and invite your connections to participate.

Brett Ingam

On May 28, 2008, at 12:15 PM, Nancy Broden wrote:

> Polls are a one-way feedback mechanism. Unless there's a way to
> turn that into a two-way street, I wouldn't think of it as a
> "social networking" feature.
>
> N
>
> On May 28, 2008, at 12:09 PM, Tom Dell'Aringa wrote:
>
>> If you had a social network that had all the typical features,
>> friends,
>> photos, chat, etc., and it also had polls, would you consider
>> polls as part
>> of that social network?
>
> --------------------------------
> Nancy Broden
> nancy.broden at gmail.com
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28 May 2008 - 2:55pm
Scott McDaniel
2007

Would this be considered 2 interactions, where we'd say the poll
itself wouldn't be the social network,
but content for it? So I'd say the social network aspect resides in
the sharing part or the space between.
A poll which interacts with the participants based on other
participant feedback comes to mind as a direct
working for a social-network-poll.

Scott

On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 3:19 PM, Brett Ingram <bingram at pandora.com> wrote:
> An example of a two-way street on a social network might be if you create a
> poll and invite your connections to participate.
>
> Brett Ingam
>

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28 May 2008 - 3:10pm
Petteri Hiisilä
2004

Tom Dell'Aringa kirjoitti 28.5.2008 kello 22:09:

> If you had a social network that had all the typical features,
> friends,
> photos, chat, etc., and it also had polls, would you consider polls
> as part
> of that social network?
>
> My initial thought is no because there's no real interaction between
> people
> - but it is something that a group of people participate in, even
> though
> they simply cast a vote. Thoughts?

Participating in this poll is "social networking" to me.

Petteri

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28 May 2008 - 3:32pm
cneidley
2008

I've participated in polls on LiveJournal as part of social
networking. I don't think that they're one-way at all. After you
complete the poll, you are able to see the current results. Also, as
the polls are posted as part of a blog entry, everyone can comment
underneath and discuss the results. I've seen polls in LiveJournal,
EZboard, and just about every other place I log into online. I've
always thought that they were a usual feature of online social
networking.

Of course, my opinion is probably biased since LJ was the first social
networking I ever did, and I started my blog there when I was 17.

-Christine

28 May 2008 - 3:56pm
Fred Beecher
2006

On 5/28/08, Tom Dell'Aringa <pixelmech at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> If you had a social network that had all the typical features, friends,
> photos, chat, etc., and it also had polls, would you consider polls as part
> of that social network?

Possibly, if you implement it in such a way that encourages the
participation of your friends. A good example would be Facebook's "Become a
Fan." When one of my friends becomes a fan of something I like too, I'll
typically click on the link to become a fan as well. My wife and friends do
the same sort of thing.

Now that I think about it... there's some app on FB that allows people to
take sides on a debate and elaborate on their positions. While not a poll,
that's an example of how a poll can be socialized.

So if you take a poll, perhaps your friends could see that you took it, see
how you answered, and then take it themselves. That eliminates the one-way
feedback problem by providing multi-way feedback.

Sorry, I keep having ideas. : ) Perhaps you could use polls to *encourage*
socialization? When you publish people's answers, that could be a discussion
starter. Adding a link saying "Comment on this answer" or "Respond to
<Friend's Name>" or something like that would make that flow smoothly.

- F.

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