I overheard a few of my friends talking the other day. They were discussing social media and the role that it has in today’s society. I heard mentions of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google+… I can’t even keep up anymore. I feel like my technologically challenged dad.
As far as I’m concerned, these sites are just pure sources of entertainment for bored people to network and be less bored together. Isn’t that what most social interactions boil down to anyway?
Then, one of them mentioned something new. Something that sounded like it could actually affect the world in a positive way. Something that would improve our lives, as individuals and as a society. It’s called Polltopia (www.polltopia.com).
Apparently, it’s rather new, as it was only founded in June of this year. Not wanting to be out of the loop for the next big thing, I checked it out for myself.
Upon entering the site, I was amazed to see a number of polls on both pressing issues as well as more laid back and enjoyable matters. Polls asking how I felt about gay marriage, whether or not I support the war in Afghanistan, and whether or not organized religion makes for a better world, as well as polls like who’s going to win the Stanley Cup, what’s my favorite Star Wars movie and whether I prefer Coke or Pepsi were on the website. I voted in a few, and I thought it was pretty cool to have my opinion be counted on a number of subjects.
Then I realized something even cooler. These weren’t just polls that the website owner put forth… these were polls created by other people, for other people. I signed up and was quickly and easily able to create a few polls of my own. The polls went up as soon as I hit submit, and right away I could see people voting in them. It was a great feeling.
Polltopia went beyond just telling me the basic statistical information of how many people voted for each option as a total and as a percentage. I was also able to see on every poll how each state voted, how each country voted, how each age group voted, and how each gender voted. There was even a section for comments so people could discuss the matter more in depth.
Of course, the site seemed pretty new and not too well known yet, but I wouldn’t be so quick to say that this is something that could improve the world if I didn’t truly believe it. We as a society need a way to get our viewpoints out there. We’re tired of voting for a politician to make all of the decisions. We’re tired of corruption and skewed voting. We need a just and straightforward way to voice our opinions and be represented fairly. We need to show the world what we’re thinking. We need Polltopia.