How to Increase Facebook Votes

Facebook's "Ask Question" feature turns the social networking site into a virtual polling place.

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Facebook is the web's largest social networking website, with more than half a billion registered users as of October 2011. Facebook allows friends, family members, colleagues and even complete strangers to share information; much of this information is composed as status updates that appear on your wall and your friends' news feed. Facebook's polling function also lets you get feedback from your friends on any topic you choose; increasing the number of votes your poll gets depends largely on two factors: placement and publicity.

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Select the optimal location for your poll. The more people who see it, the more people who will be able to vote on it. For example, if you put it on your profile wall, it will appear as a status update on your friends' news feed if they subscribe to your updates. But if you only put the question on the wall of a closed group of which you are a member, only the members of that group will be able to see and vote on it.


Click on the "Ask Question" button at the top of your profile page to create a poll for your profile; if you want to ask the question within a group, click on the "Ask Question" button at the top of that page instead.


Word your poll question carefully. As you type it into the text box below the "Ask Question" button, keep it short and clear. Extremely long questions may lose the respondent's interest, while confusing questions may keep them from understanding it in the first place.


Add clearly defined options to your poll by typing them into the "Add an option..." link at the bottom of the text box. Facebook does not limit the number of options you can add, although having too many options for respondents to choose from may make it confusing.


Allow your friends to add additional options to your poll by checking the box next to the words "Anyone can add options." This allows your friends to add -- and vote on -- an option in case their point of view isn't included in one of your options.


Send a message using Facebook's message center to your Facebook contacts to remind them you've published a poll.

Tips & Warnings

Just because you build a poll -- and do everything you can to remind your friends to vote on it -- doesn't mean they will. Remember that you can't force your Facebook contacts to voice their opinion.

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