Polls Can Now Be Included in Facebook Messenger Stories

The stickers are similar to those on Instagram

Polls in Messenger Stories Facebook

The poll stickers Facebook added to Instagram last October have proven to be popular enough for the feature to be extended to Messenger Stories.

The social network announced Tuesday that users of the messaging application can now add polls to their Stories and, as with Instagram, those polls are added as stickers.

Here’s how the new feature works:

  • After taking a photo or video, users can tap the stickers icon and select the polls sticker, which can then be placed wherever they want on the image or video.
  • Users then choose the questions to ask and the custom answers that will be available as choices.
  • After the poll sticker is shared, friends can vote, see real-time results after voting and return to the Story later for updates.
  • The user who created the poll can swipe up to the viewers list to see how many votes each answer received, who voted and which choice they voted for.
  • Friends can continue the discussion by typing a reply at the bottom, which will open a Messenger conversation.

A Facebook spokesperson said, “Aside from Stories, you can already create a poll in your Messenger conversations, and we’ve heard from people that this is an incredibly helpful feature to get their friend’s opinions with bigger decisions like making weekend plans. Polls in Stories are an easy way to get feedback from a wider group of friends for the in-between moments in real-time.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.