Social vote – what is it?

In previous posts, we covered what Opinion Stage social polls are, and why they work better than standard online polls for online publishers.

Another phrase that is often used in relation to the term social poll is social vote. So I thought it’s a good idea to describe our “take” on what a social vote is.

Social voting in Opinion Stage means that a social profile (Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc) is used when voting. It doesn’t mean that the social vote can’t be done anonymously.

Opinion Stage offers 3 types of voting, each correlates to a different poll type:

1)      Social vote Voting in this type of poll requires a social profile. Voters can hide their vote if they prefer

2)      Social poll – Voting with a social profile in this type of poll is optional. Voters can either vote with their social profile (publicly or anonymously) or anonymously without using a social profile

3)      Standard poll – Voting in standard online polls is done anonymously without requiring a social profile

The social vote type poll is the poll you want to use if you’re interested in a social vote. The poll creator can determine whether to permit voters to hide their vote (so that nobody besides themselves can view their vote) or require a fully public social vote.

Using social voting has a lot of benefits including high voting authenticity, social information that can be extracted from the results (social relevance / proximity, gender, age, etc), boosting the social sharing potential, discovering the voters as individuals and as a community and more.

Following is an example of a social vote. Note that you can hide your vote if you choose and that you can filter the results by social filters.