Apparently all Twitter users can now create polls

Instead of writing your typical tweet, hit the pie chart to enter your questions and answers for your poll.
Instead of writing your typical tweet, hit the pie chart to enter your questions and answers for your poll.

Want to poll your readers on Twitter? You may no longer need to have them hit favorite for one response, or retweet for another.

That’s because Twitter has rolled out a feature that lets at least some users tweet a poll on which other users can click one of the answers.

Twitter said in a blog post dated October 21 all its users can create polls in “the coming days.” More than week later, it appears everyone can do so, as I can with multiple accounts I manage.

The polls are “live for 24 hours,” “you can vote on any poll, and how you voted is not shared publicly,” according to the blog post.

When I tried the feature, Twitter let me write, in both words and emojis, both my own question and two answers.

How it looks after the poll closes.
How it looks after the poll closes.

Twitter account for sports blogs Deadspin, SB Nation suspended

Looks like tweeting a 15-second clip, or in this case a “highlight,” of a professorial sports match-up could get you in copyright trouble.

Sports blog Deadspin, owned by Gawker Media, got its @Deadspin Twitter account suspended after the feed reportedly featured NFL highlights, in the form of GIFs and videos, without permission.

In an article dated yesterday, John Cook, Gawker Media Executive Editor, told Re/code that the “deactivation” was appealed:

“We got 18 takedown notices about 16 tweets. All of the tweets included GIFs, and all of the requests were filed by the NFL,” Cook wrote in an email. “The account was reinstated after we appealed the deactivation. The tweets in question are still up, but Twitter has of its own accord stripped them of the allegedly offending GIFs. All in all, the account was, in Twitter’s words, ‘permanently suspended’ from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm [EST].”

It’s unclear what “tweets in question” Cook was referring to, but here is one NFL GIF dated as of last Sunday:

Re/code also reported that the account for @SBNationGIF, managed by Vox Media’s SB Nation, was suspended last weekend after “GIFs of college football highlights” were posted on the account.

Vox Media told Re/code:

SB Nation received an email from Twitter notifying us that the @SBNationGIF account had been suspended, due to a DMCA notice Twitter received related to several gifs and vines sent from the @SBNationGIF account, which contained content from college football game broadcasts. The DMCA notice came from XOS Digital, a third party rights organization. We are working with Twitter to resolve the issue and restore the account. All other SB Nation accounts are in good standing. We take copyright infringement issues seriously and always try to keep our use of unlicensed third party footage within the bounds of fair use.

As of Tuesday, the @SBNationGIF account remains suspended.

Disclosure: Re/code noted it is owned by Vox Media

Here is how NowThis used various social media platforms in their Bernie Sanders interview

Many on social media know that all platforms allow different forms of content. NowThis News, which publishes almost all of their content on social media, recently took that to heart.

NowThis, affiliated with NBC, published an interview with Sanders across all their social media networks, with some posts tailored very specifically to the respective platform.

Here are samples of some of the posts:



(For those wondering how they apparently uploaded a video longer that Twitter’s 30-second limit, this might help)



Screenshot of NowThis' Facebook video of  Sanders.
Screenshot of NowThis’ Facebook video of Sanders.

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NowThis crowdsourced its questions from social media and focused on topics that are important to its millennial audience, like his affordable college plan and gun control.

The interview was disseminated across five social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine and Instagram), garnering more than 15 million total views in 10 days.