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.