ZDNet: Republican polling firm’s database was hacked, exposing donor records

ZDNet: Republican polling firm’s database was hacked, exposing donor records. “A Republican phone polling firm has been hacked, exposing data on hundreds of thousands of Americans who submitted donations to political campaigns, ZDNet has learned. Several database files, one of which totaled 223 gigabytes in size and amountied to about two billion lines of data, was stolen in January from Victory Phones, a Grand Rapids, MI-based automated phone research and data compilation firm.”

Now on iOS: Get paid to share your opinion (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Now on iOS: Get paid to share your opinion. “There’s an old saying—the customer is always right. And certainly, the world’s best companies are always eager to hear directly from customers. That’s one reason we created Google Opinion Rewards, an app that pays people to give their opinions and answer questions from companies, big and small. Today we’re bringing Google Opinion Rewards to iOS.”

Instagram: Introducing Polls in Instagram Stories

Instagram: Introducing Polls in Instagram Stories. “Today we’re introducing an interactive poll sticker in Instagram Stories that lets you ask a question and see results from your friends and followers as they vote. Whether you’re trying to plan tomorrow’s outfit, choosing which class to take or figuring out where to go for dinner, now it’s easy to share a two-option poll right in your story. After you’ve taken a photo or video for your story, select the ‘poll’ sticker and place it anywhere you’d like — you can write out your own question and even customize the poll choices.”

OCUL: Wilfrid Laurier University makes nationally significant Ipsos polling data freely available to the world

From the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL): Wilfrid Laurier University makes nationally significant Ipsos polling data freely available to the world. “Wilfrid Laurier University, in collaboration with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), is making a trove of nationally significant polling data, donated by market research firm Ipsos Canada, freely available to the world online. The data – now available on OCUL’s Scholars Portal Dataverse and platforms – come from a range of opinion polls and surveys on topics such as national and provincial politics, real estate buying habits, and Canadian heritage, among others.”

HubSpot: How to Use Twitter Polls to Engage Your Audience: 13 Examples From Real Brands

HubSpot: How to Use Twitter Polls to Engage Your Audience: 13 Examples From Real Brands. “In the not-so ancient past, Twitter users used to tweet out makeshift polls and use likes, retweets, or replies to get their ‘results.’ It was a way of engaging with followers over timely events, random questions, and product promotions. Yet, without real-time voting options and results, these makeshift polls weren’t all that valuable. In fact, they were just like any other tweet meant to drive engagement. Thanks to the introduction of Twitter polls, all that’s changed. We’ll walk you through how to set up a poll below, and provide some inspiring examples to help you plan one of your own.”

Research: Want the most telling presidential polling data? Professor says turn to Twitter

Research: Want the most telling presidential polling data? Professor says turn to Twitter. “National polls have traditionally been a go-to barometer to gauge public opinion of presidential candidates and who has the inside track on the race for the White House. But Northeastern assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp says state-level polls provide an even better example of voter intention. The problem, he says, is that state-level polling is rare and often focuses primarily on swing states. So Beauchamp created an innovative computational model to gauge up-to-date voter intentions in individual states using Twitter. In a paper published on Sept. 13 in the American Journal of Political Science, Beauchamp explains that social media is an ideal platform for predictive polling data.”