How to Use Google Docs to Create Polls and Surveys
Sometimes a joke leads to something useful… At least that’s the excuse I’m using to justify the time I’ve spent playing around with Twitter, Google Docs, and ScreenFlow while I’m on vacation.
“Right! Now let’s have a proper screencast!”
You see, yesterday, I ran a little survey on Awesome Mustache to gauge the reaction of the Twitterverse to Chris Brogan’s recent face shaving. Admittedly, this is a silly reason to run a survey but it was better than musing about “Twitter Authority.”
As it was a silly thing, I wasn’t going to pay a nickel to collect the data. I didn’t want to install any software either. So, I decided to use the Forms feature of Google Docs.
When you create a form in Google Docs, you can embed the form in a web page, email it, or use the standalone page to collect responses. Responses are stored in a Google Docs spreadsheet and there is also a nice little summary report available complete with charts. This was perfect for my needs.
After this went out, I received a few questions about creating the survey, so I whipped up this little screencast demo using ScreenFlow on my Mac. Sorry if it isn’t the most polished of demos but I think you’ll find everything you need to jump into Google Docs Forms and make your own poll or survey:
*Go full screen on this so that you can see the menu choices and such.