Pollbob.com lets users create and take online polls. The polls can be shared with others so users can see what their friends think about a topic or issue. Each time the user creates, stakes or shares a poll, they earn points which can be used to unlock rewards. These are virtual rewards, consisting primarily of profile badges that are displayed when the user completes certain tasks. New users can try some of the existing polls presented on the Pollbob homepage to get started or search for polls using the website search function. Some polls do not reveal the current results while others display responses in pie charts or bar graphs. Each poll also shows how many votes have been received, who made it, when it was made and a thumbs up or down feature so users can rate the poll.
Pollbob was founded in August of 2010 by Zach Kupperman and Ben Jacobson. The application was intended to give internet users an easy, fun way to learn what others think almost instantly. The website has added some entertaining elements, including the various badges that users can earn for being active members of the Pollbob community. The application is still in beta but already contains a number of polls, some with a decent number of votes already included.
Pollbob isn’t the only way internet users can create online polls. What makes the application unique is the way it incorporates badges and points, making the polling process more competitive and interesting. The site has a very upbeat personality that seems to focus on polls for fun rather than polls for professional purposes. Users can see results of some polls and share their opinions or pass the poll along to others by embedding or linking it to a social network.
Pollbob has a very fun and upbeat style that makes the site look almost cheerful. The bright orange and red color scheme is used throughout along with varying shades of blue found in poll responses. The site is clean and clutter free, despite its friendly, casual style. Users can easily click a stylish button and navigate through the polls using the search tools included on the site. Pollbob may not be the most professional poll creator on the web, but it is certainly one of the most user friendly.
A new user is given three registration options to choose from. The first two include a pair of small, blue buttons tucked into the upper, right hand corner of the page. Users can click the corresponding button to sign in with an existing Facebook or Twitter account. Others can click the red “Log In” link above the buttons to create a separate account. A second link at the bottom of the log in box reads “Don’t have an account?”. Clicking the link takes the user to the registration form. The form requires a username, first and last name, date of birth, gender, email address and password.
All users are invited to sign up and try Pollbob for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for doing so. The user is never required to make a purchase and can access polls as often as they like. The website is still in beta, so it is possible that a premium paid membership may be added later (although this is not indicated anywhere on the site). Users can also download the iPhone version of Pollbob for free through the Apple App Store.
Pollbob.com is ideal for anyone who enjoys taking and creating online polls. Users with a need for opinions can use Pollbob to ask direct questions and get answers. Others can create polls just for fun or to find out what the general opinion is about a specific topic or issue. The application is easy enough for users of all skill levels and has a very fun, appealing personality that most users can appreciate.