Posts Tagged ‘polls’

Polldaddy releases Polldaddy Jr, Polldaddy API , Media Polls and WordPress Plugins

July 11th, 2008

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After over two months of silence from polldaddy where their last offering was the Twitter enabled polldaddy polls and 3 competitors (Quibblo, Poll Boutique and Poll Authority) have raised into the blog poll widget niche against them. Polldaddy surprises with the answer to that new competitors and more.

Polldaddy Jr.

Polldaddy Jr. is indeed Polldaddy son because it is a Poll creator and editor for OpenSocial Widget-apps. so it got the same features from the regular polldaddy poll creator and editor and it will get the updates from the main one as they happen but with the big difference that it sits inside a container that can be extended into OpenSocial compatible Social Network or adjusted for non OpenSocial compatible ones.

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We are launching a new mini app called PollDaddy Jr. This app  has all
of the features of our main site built into a container than can be
deployed to any partner site. We are launching this as an OpenSocial
app today on MySpace, Hi5 and Orkut. We will be adding more OpenSocial
enabled sites as the weeks roll. The great thing about PollDaddy Jr.
is that it can be deployed on any site so we can add it to sites like
Piczo (one of our partners) which don’t support OpenSocial.

As stated, Polldaddy will start with MySpace right now and enable polldaddy jr into hi5 and Orkut during next week in terms of OpenSocial enabled Social Networks. but will also adjust it for one of their partners that is Piczo and later will add other OpenSocial enabled social networks (which ones are left exactly?) as the weeks pass

I will be playing with this once it touches hi5 and Piczo so i can compare how they adapt and if the widget-apps generated are indeed identical.

The last bit is that they are also offering to adapt the Polldaddy Jr. app if you want to use it in another service that makes sense for Polldaddy to work with.

http://www.myspace.com/polldaddypolls

Polldaddy API

Linked as the product of what partnerships can bring, like the one they offer for Sprout. Polldaddy has no released an API so third parties can use Polldaddy services and make up other kind of widgets and Apps or enable Polldaddy widget into other apps.

We are also launching a fully functional API for use by partners
(SproutBuilder.com for example).

This is all part of a grander plan to increase distribution and get
our application in front of more people. Partners can now choose to
use our API, or if that’s not suitable then we can deploy PollDaddy JR
into their site with little work needed on their side. This lets them
offer poll services to their own userbase. In a sense we are trying to
widgetize our whole platform.

That part of widgetizing their whole platform is of course music in this blog.i sense more coverage in the future.

Media Polls

This is bad news for both Poll Boutique and  Poll Authority that have based big part of their offerings in Media Polls.

On our main site we have launched media polls. You can now embed
images, YouTube videos and Seesmic videos to your poll answers.

A new offering for the main site and it not only includes Youtube but Seesmic? wow. unexpected. Loic is damn everywhere these days.

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This is something i was expecting and talking about. Polldaddy needed this fast to not let others overcome them on that niche. now the ball is Poll Boutique and Poll Authority court to respond to this A.S.A.P. if they want to stay in course. right now the media poll support Images and Video on multiple instances but no Audio yet, so for that Poll Boutique is still ahead.

Worpress Plugins

They are now offering plugins for both WordPress Blog versions:

We now have full suite of pluggins for all version of wordpress.org
and wordpress.com

This brings a better integration for user in WordPress. but if they are supporting non hosted versions of wordpress, then i demand to know why there are not Polldaddy Blogger page element versions?.

Some Numbers on Polldaddy

Almost 100,000 polls are created each month, which in turn generate
100 million widget impressions, and collect 11 million votes.
We are a profitable company through the sale of Pro accounts.
2 guys – bootstrapped to date. (no funding)

Wow. 2 guys?. incredible. but i think is time to hire at least one person more so they can react faster.

Final Notes

Great updates on Polldaddy part, it should be enough for them to hold the lead in the space but if they could now concentrate in making the widgets prettier? . they are now kind of ugly. just saying.

Besides that, i think they got it. right now the only areas left to improve is to add even more media options, more customization, better look and better analytics. that is where the competitors had been concentrating and should continue to do so in order to keep Polldaddy in its toes.

http://www.myspace.com/polldaddypolls

Polldaddy.com

Poll Authority Widgets

July 1st, 2008

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Ah, Poll Widgets. a market that never stops giving. this time is the turn for Poll Authority. Poll Authority is a good solution overall. it got a very pretty, clean, user friendly site. they offer Script based Widgets that can contain Videos from YouTube if you want to and got special delimitation controls in order to tweak the way you can conduct your polls.

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Many would compare them to Polldaddy or Quibblo but it would be a mistake. Quibblo and Polldaddy are Flash Based Poll Widget Providers and the strengths of both are way over Poll Authority in options, community and Analytics. Poll Authority simply don`t compares. then there is the thing that Poll Authority free version is too limited to others but comes as a cheaper option in the paid version.

But then, as i already said the community, options and analytics in Poll Authority don`t compare so it is the right call for it to be cheaper.

So, Poll Authority is more comparable to Poll Boutique. they are both Script based Poll widget providers. they are only concentrated in Polls and they Allow Media to conduct the polls.

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But that is where the similitude ends.

Poll Boutique allows various kinds of media (photos, audio and video) and various instances of each in the same poll unlike Poll Authority where you only can add a video per poll and video is all the media you can use.

So what are Poll Authority strengths?

1.-More efficient code

The code is lighter and the execution of it is faster

2.-Way prettier

I must say they got the prettiest Poll widgets and the more pleasant to the eye design pattern compared to the flamboyant 90`s style of Poll Boutique. Poll Authority goes for the full web 2.0 look and they nailed it.

3.-The Best Poll Editor yet

The true gem in Poll Authority a Poll Editor with live preview where you can archive Poll Widgets as integrated with your blog design as you want it. that level of customization can allow the widgets feel almost as if they were generated natively from the blog.

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That is why it is such a shame they are so limited. they are no good for serious use or to use them in big traffic blogs and if you are media driven and want good analytics they have not as much liberty on that like Poll Boutque.

So i can only recommend Poll Authority for casual blog use, small blogs and personal polling and that is because of the efficient code and the good design. so if that is what you are looking for. then yes. go for Poll Authority.

Lets hope they take a note at their direct competitor if they want to improve and stand a chance. that will also serve right to keep Poll Boutique on their toes too.

Poll Authority

via Webware

Quibblo adds In Widget tracking stats

May 12th, 2008

I just had posted about Quibblo days ago saying that they were doing great and that Polldaddy should watch out and they just added a new great feature to their already very complete poll, surveys and Quizzes Widgets. they have added in widget tracking stats to them so you can know where your poll was placed too and where in the places it was placed it had its best performance. so in other words, they count with their own engagement tracking and stats.

Quibblo News » Blog Archive » New MySpace Application Quizzes

These stats can be compared to the stats you get from YouTube that tell you where your video was linked and how many clicks where made from that link.

These quick tracking stats are added to the widget in the “more” tab where the profile card of the quibblo user that created the poll is shown advising that the complete stats can be seen in the Poll page where you can also see comments to that poll.

in one word : Brilliant.

The only thing i would add to that widget would be the way to send a comment, private or public directly from the widget to make it truly genius.

Quibblo 

via Mashable

Quibblo: Widgets for Polls, Surveys and Quizzes

May 5th, 2008

The Poll market is a very coveted Widget market, and there are many that want to go after Polldaddy. Polldaddy has taken lots of measures to retain their lead in polls and have managed to retain it.

But new players and evolved players in the market are always in the lookout.

The second applies well to Quibblo. how a evolved player can not only catch up but thrive if mantainig a focused angle of their own in their market.

Quibblo is offering another approach to polls and not only polls, it offers polls, surveys and quizzies (questionnaire) Widget, but their widget are also bonded to their website, and the website is a information community in a Yahoo answers way or in a Polldaddy answers way but more evolved into its niche that Polldaddy Answers.

Quibblo Quizze Widgets have part of the community aspects in the widget itself. they serve the poll/survey/quizzie, they serve a quick profile of the Quibblo user with his previous activity and they offer you High Spread sharing options powered by Gigya Wildfyre.

That is a simple yet good way to serve widgets, more if they have a unified and good looking design. a deparment where PollDaddy is now seriously lacking.

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I liked them as a option for more thematic driven blogs, website and for detailed personal use in social networks and i can recommend that they deserve of everyone attention.

Quibblo Quizzes, Polls and Surveys

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