Facebook and other platforms give the option to react with an emoji to posts (emotional likes). Many times, we can see people that use this feature in order to let their followers react and show their opinion (i.e- “like with a heart- if you agree, or with an angry face- if you disagree).
On Twitter, users can’t react in a way that can measure the public opinion. We can find many polls- but when someone tweets his opinion or thought about a specific subject- it’s hard to measure and analyze his followers' thoughts about it.
In the Twebate app, we make it possible.
The app tries to simulate a debating hall, where any user can make any subject “debateable”, and by that, increase the interest, exposure and engagement to his tweets, and improve public conversation regarding issues that matter to him.
Just as if he was a candidate in the famous U.S. presidential debate- trying to persuade and get to the hearts of the listeners, whether they are “supporters” or “opponents”.
He can also know his followers better, and develop a deeper understanding of their thoughts and opinions, and they may now be able to make a much more bare and beneficial discussion.
The "town square" of Twitter has now given the tools to measure, analyze and understand much better the public opinion and mood- in a very fast topical arena.
Because in Twebate- each one is important, and each opinion counts!
What it does
Twebate helps users to get a better understanding on different subjects that matter to them, and allows them to measure and get a better knowledge of the public opinion and mood.
The user @Tweebate_US bot, plants an automatic reply with instructions on how to vote, in each tweet that it was mentioned in. Then it automatically collects the votes and presents the results after few hours. In this version it’s programmed to seal each debate and publish its scores after 4 hours, but soon we will make it final after 8 hours- while publishing the “semi-results” after 4 hours- in order to encourage people to react more, and advocate their opinions in a long lasting engagement).
How we built it
I used many of Twitter API V2 for the process of building a simple experience, we wanted to make sure the user doesn't have to leave the Twitter app to initiate a debate.
Challenges we ran into
Timeline :) My wife and I worked on the Twebate app together (she’s on the creative/marketing side and I’m on the technical side). We also have small kids and it’s summer vacation now :) If we had more time, we think we could make it even better. We made some finishes in the last few hours before submitting the app, so we apologize for the video that was poorly made :) We know we could have made it a lot better if we had more time. We’re hoping to add some new technical and creative features and improvements in the near future, and also invest in marketing the Twebate app.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Using many Twitter API roots to optimize the usage restrictions.
What we learned
Twitter API allows a lot of opportunities to get creative with good technical options.
What's next for Twebate - Make your opinion count!
We consider to: Publish temporary results every 1 hour (still not sure when is the best time to “close” a debate- after 4/8/12 hours- we plan to test it). Recruit users to be ambassadors of Twebate, mention @Twebate_US, comment, retweet, and increase the buzz of debates. And more :)
Future optional features: Make it possible for the user to choose when to close the debate. Make it possible for the user to choose the set of emojis for voting (and what each one stands for). Make it possible to reopen a debate. And many more creative features and improvements we wish to add :)