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Twitter introduces polling function for every user

Now anyone can create two-option polls for their followers to answer

Twitter introduces polling function for every user
Twitter Polls was rolled out over the weekend

Twitter has introduced a new function allowing any user to create polls for their followers.

Twitter Polls was rolled out over the weekend, and allows users to create two-option questions that can be answered by followers. The poll-taker is given a straight percentage result of poll results.

"If you want the public's opinion on anything - what to name your dog, who will win tonight's game, which election issue people care most about - there's no better place to get answers than on Twitter," Twitter said in announcement.

"For poll creators, it's a new way to engage with Twitter's massive audience and understand exactly what people think. For those participating, it's a very easy way to make your voice heard."

Twitter has previously offered ways for users to dabble in polls, but this is the first time that the social network has created an easy-to-use poll function for every user. Previous polling techniques were workarounds using Twitter's existing features - such as retweeting or favouriting to vote one way or the other.

The new polls last for 24 hours, and how individual users vote is not shared publicly - the numbers simply get added to the percentages shown on results.

The announcement comes as the latest new feature that Twitter has rolled out in recent months, as the social network struggles with user growth and engagement. Under the firm's new CEO, Jack Dorsey, Twitter has also launched a curated-tweets service called Moments, which allows users to follow breaking-news events more easily.

In the midst of these new feature announcements, however, Twitter is also having to make cutbacks, with Dorsey last week announcing that more than 300 jobs would be slashed.

Twitter Polls is available through an update on the iOS and Android apps, as well as through a new button on the desktop website.

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