If you use Facebook regularly, you’ll be seeing new posts that look like formal polls, and they will appear in the feed. The difference between these and other polls is that these are generated directly from the profile pages of registered Facebook users and anyone can answer them.
Just under your profile information, and on your News Feed wall, between the “status” and “photo” tabs, is a new option called “Questions” — it’s a polling feature that will allow you to write your own poll questions with short answers and submit them onto the news feed wall of your friends list posts.
First, Facebook users compose a short question. The next field is where the short answer options are typed. Answers should be short; if they are too long, they will not fit into the field and you will only be able to read the entire text by hovering over it with your mouse or pointer tool.
At this point, you will see a number of suggestions come up; these are pages or groups already in the Facebook network. You can choose one of these or bypass them by clicking outside the field and writing in your own message. If you make a mistake or want to change one of your options, simply go back and retype what you need by clicking just outside the field.
Any Facebook page with keywords that match those in the answer field will suggest themselves to the writer. This exposes groups and pages to a wider audience than might otherwise see them only if they specifically searched for that group or used those keywords in a search.
The Questions feature will post three answers in the post; others will be visible only if you select the “More” button at the bottom of the poll, which expands the entire poll.
Once you’re ready to post, you’ll be prompted to ask certain friends to vote. If you bypass this option, the poll will be made available to anyone in your feed to vote on, and anyone who is a friend of someone who voted. Also, you’ll be informed that your friends can pick up your poll to share with others, so Facebook users might want to keep this in mind when thinking about what question you’re asking and the options you provide as answers.
When you post your Questions poll, you’ll see the images of everyone who has voted next to the answer they’ve picked. Additionally, a counter on the bottom of your poll will show the total number of voters who’ve participated in your poll. In this manner, everyone who votes makes their opinion visible to those voting in the poll, whether they are “friends” or not.
It’s easy to see there will be many applications for this new feature. Facebook users will no doubt be asking their friends to opine about everything from the latest Gary Oldman film to color combinations for a wedding party. Hopefully, it will enhance the social networking experiences of the millions of people who use Facebook each day.