#5DoT - Blog 5: Taking it Further

Welcome to the 5th and final day of Teaching and Tweeting: Five Days of Twitter #5DoT!

Day 5

Thanks to everyone for sticking with it…


Today we will look at:

  1. Polling
  2. Threads

Twitter Polls

Twitter Polls allow you to weigh in on questions posed by other people on Twitter. You can also easily create your own poll and see the results instantly.  You can create your own Twitter Poll on the web or in the Twitter app (iOS or Android).


To create a poll on the desktop version of Twitter:


  • Click into the compose box at the top of your Home timeline, or click the Tweet button in the top navigation bar.
  • Click the Add poll icon


  • Type your poll question into the main compose box. You can use up to the max characters in your poll question.
  • Insert your first poll option into the Choice 1 box, and your second poll option into the Choice 2 box. You can use up to 25 characters for each option.
  • Click + Add a choice to add additional options to your poll. Your poll can have up to four options.
  • Your poll’s duration defaults to 1 day. You can change the duration of your poll by clicking 1 day and adjusting the days, hours, and minutes. The minimum amount of time for a poll is 5 minutes, and the maximum is 7 days.
  • Click Tweet to post the poll.


When the deadline for your poll passes you will be alerted to the final results (%) and total number of votes, as is shown in this recent poll by The Student Nurse project (@StNurseProject):

poll result

Note:  You will not be able to see who has voted in a poll.


Sometimes we need more than one Tweet to express ourselves. A thread on Twitter is a series of connected Tweets. With a thread you can provide additional context, an update, or an extended point by connecting multiple Tweets together. To create a thread, follow the steps below.


  • Click the Tweet button to draft a new Tweet.
  • To add another Tweet(s), click the plus icon (+) (next to the Tweet or Tweet all button). Note: if you go over the the character limit, the text that is over the limit will be highlighted for easier editing before you post.


  • When you have finished adding all the Tweets you’d like included in your thread, click the Tweet all button to post.


When creating multiple tweet threads, you may wish to mark them in order.  For example, if you are making a point over 4 tweets, mark each tweet by adding 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, for example.  That way people who stumble across one of the tweets know that it is part of a 4 tweet thread and will see the tweet in its right context.


A shorter blog today, that’s because you have your final activity…


Create a Poll that lasts for 24 hours.  Your Poll may be a simple Yes/No or have Multiple Choice options – it’s up to you.  However, your Poll must be related to the article and/or video that you posted for Activity One in Day Two.  Consider that you may want to visit the tweet that you sent for Activity One and select the ‘Add another Tweet’ option at the bottom – potential poll participants will then have the article and/or video close by for reference.  Remember to include #5DoT at the end of your Poll!

Polls only work with participants, so search for other participants polls via the #5DoT hashtag and take part in each others polls.  You might also want to reach a wider audience by using hashtags related to your article/video and ask people to retweet your poll.



All participants that wish to achieve an attendance mark for this online workshop must complete all 3 activities by the end of Monday 21st May, 2018.  Once the facilitator has collated activity participation he will confirm attendance marks accordingly.


Teaching and Tweeting: Five Days if Twitter #5DoT is based on ‘Ten Days of Twitter’ developed by Helen Webster at Newcastle University.  Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers by Helen Webster is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY NC SA) so it’s free to take, use and adapt for non-commercial purposes.


This blog post also includes content by Emma Fletcher and Suzy Mills at York St John University who have recently run their iteration of Ten Days of Twitter.  Ten Days of Twitter was adapted by Technology Enhanced Learning for use at YSJ, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.