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You might have noticed a shiny new feature recently while tweeting your heart out and hashtagging all of your personal struggles. It appears that Twitter is experimenting with a built-in polling feature, allowing user to generate a makeshift poll within the confines of a tweet.

Aly Pavela, a spokeswoman for the social media titan confirmed the company is “experimenting with a new way to poll users on Twitter.” There’s no word yet on when this feature will roll out to all of Twitter’s more than 300 million active users, or even if it will. Since the feature is still in its nascent testing stages, Twitter could decide to scrap it completely. The public announcement and acknowledgment of the feature is a hopeful sign of a confidence, however.

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As of now, only Twitter employees and select verified accounts have access to the feature, once again proving that to really be important on Twitter, you need to get that damn blue check by your name. Twitter’s dipped its toe in the polling waters before – in 2014, they included a polling feature as a part of Twitter Cards, which companies could customize and use to survey their followers.

It’s a fun idea for a new feature, but having polls isn’t a mind-blowing game changer for Twitter, nor does it really impact, change or improve the usability and functionality of the platform in any notable way like the ability to quote tweet, which was Twitter’s last, great update and feature.

While some might get a kick out of trying to crowdsource their followers, I don’t see this new polling feature taking off amongst the Twitter masses. Companies, news outlets and politicians seem to be the target users for said feature, but do we really need Donald Trump polling his Twitter followers to ask what side he should part his hair? On second thought, I’d actually be very curious to see those results.

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