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Mentimeter

Mobile audience polling system


Tiny
Published 05/03/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Mentimeter is an audience voting system that lets users ask a large audience questions and get responses immediately. Users can begin by adding a question with specific response options. Users can also select a theme to go with their question. The user can tell their audience to visit http://vot.rs on their mobile phone and enter the ID provided by the user. The audience will be able to access the question and provide their input instantly. Mentimeter shows the poll results in real time so the user can incorporate it into an interactive presentation. The service doesn’t require any application installation on the mobile device and the user can control all response options. Mentimeter supports most popular mobile platforms, including iPhones, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Mentimeter was created to give users an easy way to get immediate responses from their audience. The application has a lot to offer, which shows through the numerous websites and blogs that mention it. Many education-focused blogs and online resources praise Mentimeter for its helpful function in the classroom. Price is another factor that makes Mentimeter attractive to almost anyone. The service continue to improve the way educator and others interact with their audiences.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many applications offer user an easy way to build a poll. Mentimeter is unique because it takes that concept and gives it a real time twist. Users can utilize Mentimeter in any real life setting. Rather than submit polls to websites and blogs, a group speaker, teacher or other individual addressing an audience can submit polls verbally as part of a presentation. The user can share a simple URL and code with the group and ask them to submit responses that are available in real time. The service opens up many opportunities for audience members and the person addressing them.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Mentimeter really outdoes itself in many ways, starting with the interface. The user can glide through the poll creation process thanks to the streamlined design. The application walks the user through each step, with no clutter to slow the user down. The user can choose between white or dark poll themes. The actual poll page is very clean, with a simple chart and large lettering that works well in many different group settings.

How does the registration process work?

Mentimeter doesn’t require an account to use. The user simply creates poll questions as they need them. Each new question is assigned a code that the user can share with their audience to give them access to the poll. The user begins by entering the question on the Mentimeter homepage. The next step asks for the response options. A new response field appears each time one is filled out so the user can add as many response options as they need to. After choosing one of the two theme options, the user can click the blue button to create their poll.

What does it cost to use the application?

Mentimeter offers its services to all users for free. There are no fees and the user can return to create as many polls as they like. The polls are kept simple, with only two theme options. It’s hard to complain when the service doesn’t cost anything. White and black poll themes match most color schemes, so the user shouldn’t have trouble building a poll that works for their purposes.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Mentimeter is an excellent poll creator for anyone who is addressing an audience. The application gives users a simple way to ask the audience a question and get a response from each individual, as long as they have a mobile phone on hand. The mobile input method is also appealing because it will encourage each participant to respond and respond honestly.

  • Customize all questions and response options presented to audiences
  • Ask audience members to participate using their mobile phones
  • Review responses in real time during a presentation
  • No app installation is required to create polls and vote
  • Supports most popular mobile platforms


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