5 ways to use Twitter Polls in local government

  • Who is better JayZ or Bieber?
  • What should I eat for supper tomorrow, Chinese or Indian? Or;
  • Where shd I totes #travel next babes, Bali or Indonesia…?

Here are 5 quick ways you could use Twitter Poll now in Local Government

  1. Test questions that could be used in a wider public consultation — In Community Engagement it’s often a good idea to plan your engagement with those you are going to engage, understand what each one wants out of the questions being asked, even develop them together. Twitter Poll would allow you to test questions out on your followers to see how answers tracked or whether wording was right. It might be customary to let people know it’s a test question in advance and of course you would also need to ask for feedback on how it went, again Twitter Poll could be used.
  2. Ask for Feedback — as above Twitter Poll could easily be used for quick feedback polls — How did you enjoyed today’s Community Fair — A: Enjoyed B: Didn’t Enjoy.
  3. Ask for opinions on things happening in the community — Kind of like the feedback option but more focussed on straight yes no answers, for example, Should we extend Swimming pool hours in summer, Yes, No or Do you want Fruit Trees in the new reserve, Yes, No. Of course these are looking for quick opinions and further work would need to be done to flesh out the whys.
  4. Choice Polls — These could be a little more edgy but could start some brilliant Twitter chats yet in the same time could just be innocent in looking for help. For example — What should we call our new Library, A: Bookcity, B:Bookopolis or We need to close one recreation centre, should it be, A: Upton Park, B: Downton Fields (Made up names so don’t go whinging if they relate to actual rec centres you know). The controversy in the last one could ignite a great conversation on Twitter about the benefits of those centres which if your clever could be directed to a forum or established ‘have your say’ style platform you already run.
  5. Finally… Fun Polls because we are all human — Yes even local government can have fun and why shouldn’t they within reason use Twitter Poll to perk up a Monday morning on Twitter, for example — Monday starts with… A: A visit to the local Rec Centre, B: A visit to the local library — this question is actually fun yet practical. Or you could go really simple and fun and ask — Council wants to know which sport is more popular in the area, A: Footy, B: Netball?

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Community Engagement, Civic Tech & Public Consultation Thought Leader. #gatehashing & #globalcommunityengagementday instigator.

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Andrew Coulson

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Community Engagement, Civic Tech & Public Consultation Thought Leader. #gatehashing & #globalcommunityengagementday instigator.