Quick Polls with dPolls

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I came across Israel-based dPolls today. It’s a very quick and easy way to create a well designed, Ajax-rich interactive poll that can be integrated directly into a website.

The service is free. After a quick registration you can create public or private polls, and there is also an option to get the html and place the poll directly on a site. I’ve done this, and have pasted a quick poll below (Note: I am seeing performance issues already – this may get worse before it gets better). After voting, the current results appear within the poll box. Nice tool.

The only problems I encountered: you cannot edit a poll once its been created, so you have to simply start over. Also, the image upload feature doesn’t seem to work.

I believe there are other services that do this as well. Please let me know.

Create polls and vote for free. dPolls.com

Ajaxian has written about this too. It looks like the founders emailed the usual suspects. :-)

  • http://www.dangerouslyawesome.com Alex Hillman

    While track isn’t officially supported, a stable bot called TweetTrak http://twitter.com/tweettrak has been providing me with all of my track updates to SMS via direct messages. It seems that the Twitter team did a good job of helping this developer out when it came to sending direct messages past the normal threshold.

    This is why Twitter will win. Even if they decide that focusing on a feature doesn’t make sense for their internal roadmap, they’re willing to support third party developers using their APIs to create those features.

    • http://www.wide-eyed.org allgood2

      Thanks for the tip on TweetTrak, works like a charm. Glad to have my tracks back, even if it does mean more direct messages.

      • http://GadgetGirly.com Melanie

        Alex Hillman, you rock! Love TweetTrack. Love, love, LOVE! :D

    • Alexander

      YOU SUCK!! please learn your technological words dumbass
      i would like to challenge you email me at swissfederer@gmail.com

      All you haters i dare you to spam me i’m so technologically advance none of you haters can get their spams or viruses though!

      Fear my leet skills

  • Huh?

    Twitter has a business model? Did you pin down what that is?

    • No, he didn't

      No, he didn’t pin anything down. First he says it’s bad that IM has been dropped. Then he says it’s refreshing the way they said it. Then he says that Williams has “acknowledged the reality…of surviving the viral success…” etc. Then he quotes Scoble, incomprehensibly. Then he makes a link between the fact that Microsoft etc. are publishing API standards with “real-time Tw*tter” surviving the “nuclear financial winter” (I wonder what difference the financial winter makes, when Twitter makes no sales anyway?). Then he says Twitter needs to “open the kimono on independent developers locking down access”, whatever the hell that means. Then he promises to shine a light on “these permissions.:”

      Bottom line: As usual, it’s impossible to tell what the hell he’s said.

      • exactly

        I really have no idea why michael keeps this prick around, they’ve got to be really good friends

      • Get F*cked Steve

        I AGREE! Steve must be on crack. All of his articles are incomprehensible dog shit. Mike, do you have anything to say about this? I stopped reading TechCrunchIT because Steve just blabs shit about Twitter all the time – When the fu*k did Twitter become enterprise?

        How about replacing Steve with a real journalist that has clout and at least SOME idea of what enterprise means? Steve and his crappy “Gilmor Gang” podcast bore the living shit out of me and his posts make it seem like he had a stroke or that he donated his brain to science.

  • http://futurebells.com ALi R Khan

    Don’t worry, if Jack Dorsey is not doing this, Someone else will do it by using twitter API…TWITim is comming soon :)

    • http://bleu.west.spy.net/~dustin/ Dustin

      I created this at the beginning of July. xmpp:twitterspy@jabber.org

      It’s curious that they mentioned excla.im, but not twitterspy. twitterspy predates excla.im and offers way more features. I’m quite sure they know about it as well.

      • http://mdoeff.com/blog Mike D

        TwitterSpy has been working great for me. It’s not real time (I see about a 10 minute lag) but I’m still getting a lot of value from it. Nice work Dustin.

  • http://cyza.us cyza

    VEry interesting to see how twitter has been progressing so far…

  • http://jimsmarketingblog.com Jim Connolly

    Nice post Steve,

    The Twitter business model fascinates me. It’s going to be really interesting watching the developments between now and the end of the year!

    Jim Connolly

  • Craig Overend

    Steve, while I’ve dumped Twitter, keyword search is the new track if only it was easy to subscribe to them and the results were timely…

    If you haven’t already read Roy’s(HTTP Spec ed.) take on pub/sub & Twitter, it’s worth doing so.

  • rbreve

    Why doesnt twitter charge for this? thats a business model

  • http://www.rip2itviralspiral.com/twitter-to-im-drop-dead/ Twitter to IM: Drop Dead | Tech News - Business News And Social Networking

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  • http://blog.sherifmansour.com sherif

    You can always try getting Twitter notifications by subscribing to the RSS feed via IMFeeds – which sends it to you via IM.. I did this for FriendFeed, and it seems to work quite well, here is how to do it: http://blog.sherifmansour.com/?p=222

  • Matt

    “open up the kimono”

    someone’s been eating too much sushi…

  • bud

    Twitter might be able to charge for the SMS IM version, but people are already getting reamed on SMS by the telcos. So ad model is only alternative for monetizing twitter outside of business to business services, charging for superscraping. But where will ads be? Twitter Search? On your Home page based on your tweet word cloud?

  • Cheney

    Can anyone implement re-captcha for comments here? Or delete comments that obviously just want to plug their shittywhateverpage.com? There’s so much comment-spam on TC it’s annoying.

  • http://likelihoodofsuccess.com/2008/10/11/drop-dead-drop-12/ Drop Dead; drop 12 « Likelihood of Success

    […] by Ron Coleman on October 11, 2008 This Tech Crunch article by Steve Gillmor about why I can’t get Twitter to work with instant m… — a marriage that you’d think would be as obvious as chocolate and peanut butter […]

  • http://www.venturedig.com Scott from VentureDig

    If Twitter loses focus on what’s really important–on what drives revenue–they could be gone in this economy. No joke. Not to whine like everyone else, but mistakes are not just learning experiences right now. They’re fatal

  • http://twittd.nodehub.com/ Dan

    I use this one (GTalk / MSN) — http://twittd.nodehub.com/

  • http://www.bwana.org/2008/10/12/twitter-2008-get-used-to-it-goodbye-imtrack/ Twitter 2008: Get Used To It (Goodbye IM/Track) | Bwana.org

    […] Don’t count on IM coming back, ever. Steve Gillmor doesn’t sound surprised by the announcement since I believe he shares the same pessimism with […]

  • http://blog.stealthmode.com francine hardaway

    Twitter on mobile is going to get very interesting because of Verizon’s new fees on SMS. So this means you have to use a Twitter client or a browser (at least you do on the iPHone). I doubt SMS alerts from Twitter will last very long if other carriers start to charge the way Verizon is.

  • http://yoshy.wordpress.com/2008/10/13/links-for-2008-10-12/ links for 2008-10-12 « 個人的な雑記

    […] Twitter to IM: Drop Dead (tags: twitter) […]

  • http://www.solarfeeds.com Scott

    Im deserves to go down…nothing new in 15 years…bunch of clowns over there


  • http://www.29thfloor.com Dan

    I use http://ping.fm to update all my sites at once (including Twitter).

  • http://bleeper.de Ralf

    For Germany there is an alternative to Twitter called http://bleeper.de
    It is Laconica based and therefore open and free. It also fully supports XMPP/Jabber (and does this stable and reliable!).

    Come and give it a try (it is German though ;-) !!

  • http://www.prohiphop.com Clyde Smith

    I gave up Twitter for Instant Psychic Communication.

    Workshop announcement to follow!

    By the way, my psychic communication list is opt-in but you’ve already done so on a subconscious level so we’ll take it from there.

    This just in:
    Regarding Twitter roi on feature x “puts it down the list below other more pressing priorities”

    What are their priorities again? I keep reading about unsupported third party services and things that stopped working.

    I guess I’m just not doing my homework.

    Oops. Gotta run! Incoming psychic bombardment…

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    […] Twitter crashed a few months ago IM has been down – but they’ve said it was coming back – now it has been disabled and is not coming back (or at least not any time soon). This is aggravating because it means I need to install another […]

  • http://blogs.zdnet.com/feeds/?p=277 Feeds mobile edition

    […] Did I get your attention? Linkbaiting, of course, is not dead. Nor is Twitter, nor blogging nor IM nor public relations, nor any other service or social media trend that has been blindly pushed to […]

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