It is a well-known fact that the best way to utilize the concept of crowdsourcing these days is to use it in combination with various social networks that boast a substantial userbase. One fine example of this can be seen in Ovoto – a free Android and iOS app that lets you create polls by using nothing but a simple image grabbed from your mobile device’s camera. Polls created via Ovoto are then shared on Facebook, where your friends can vote to help you reach a decision regarding your dilemma. You can create as many polls as desired, and each poll can last for a limited time only, ranging from a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of two hours. In addition, you can also use the app to view and vote on all the polls created by your Facebook friends. Ovoto has been around in the iTunes App Store for quite some time whereas its Android variant has just made its way to the Google Play Store.
The best use of the app can be seen in situations where you’re confronted with a choice between two or more items or activities. It could be anything ranging from a purchase decision regarding an apparel that comes in two equally-attractive shades, a choice between two different flavors of coffee or your favorite holiday destinations.
The app provides you with limited options when it comes to creating queries, that is, you cannot type in the question yourself. The aim is to make the process as quick and simple as possible.
All you need to do is authorize Ovoto to access your Facebook account, snap an image using the camera button on the app’s homescreen, specify your ‘Should I’ question by selecting one of the options within the dropdown, set the poll validity period, and post it to your Facebook Wall. If your friends are also on Ovoto, they can vote directly from within the app. Otherwise, all they need to do is click the poll link that appears in their Facebook feeds to vote from within the Ovoto website. The My Polls tab on the app’s homescreen lists all the polls that you’ve created so far whereas the Friends’ Polls tab shows all the Ovoto polls created by your Facebook friends.
Tapping a poll takes you to another screen from where you can check all the votes received thus far. Tapping Menu reveals several options, such as extending the poll time, sharing it via mail, copying the poll link to clipboard or responding to the poll yourself. For expired polls, the app lets you inform your buddies about your final verdict.
Not only does the app help you monitor the number of votes that your poll has received so far, but also informs you via status bar notifications whenever the poll expires. Once the voting time is up, the app prompts you to inform your friends about your final decision. The poll result as well as your final decision can be seen by all your friends on the polling screen/webpage.
All in all, a good and simple way to get instant response to your queries. Although simplicity is one of its strengths, adding the option of using custom questions to supplement each poll shouldn’t, in my opinion, hurt the app at all.