Friday, May 31, 2013

There's Always Money in the Banana Stand

Season 4 of Arrested Development, which premiered exclusively on Neflix this Monday, was one of the most highly-anticipated premieres in recent memory. But following its release, journalists, bloggers, and Tweeters alike have voiced their disappointment across the internet. For many, the genius of Arrested Development is in the interaction between the members of the Bluth family ("it's an illusion, Michael!"). To many viewers' disappointment, Season 4 instead highlights one character per episode, eschewing the structure of the original three seasons.

Do you plan to watch Season 4?  And if you've already watched it, what did you think?



Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cyberbullying


The internet is a social medium made up of groups of people, cliques and communities. This is usually a positive thing and allows sharing of knowledge and a sense of belonging for most people, however sometimes people engage in harassment and bullying.

Concern and awareness of cyberbullying has been heightened over the last few years, and multiple anti-cyber bullying campaigns have been launched throughout schools and on televised commercials.

votetrends.com users were asked if they have ever experienced harassment or bullying over the internet, and a surprising 40% of users responded yes. 



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wacky online polls created on www.votetrends.com… part deux!



Hello voters!

A while back, we blogged about some of the wackiest online polls created by our users on www.votetrends.com. In case you missed it, you can view the polls, cast your vote, and see the results in real-time here!

Since that time, we have seen some preeeeeetty interesting poll questions pop-up within the online polling community at votetrends. So we thought that we’d do a follow-up and share some of that polling pandemonium with you! So without further ado, here is a top 5 list of wacky online polls created by you, the users, part deux.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO "DOUGIE"?

TODAY IS PI DAY (3.14)! HOW MANY DIGITS AFTER THE DECIMAL POINT DO YOU KNOW FROM MEMORY?


HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN THE FUNG WAH BUS?


DOST THOU EVEN HOIST?


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MAINSTREAM ANIME


Let us know what you think by voting and commenting on these polls. Log onto the website here.

As always, have a happy week, and keep those polls coming!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

All work and no play?

Following the global financial crisis of 2008, more men were left unemployed than women- earning the period from 2008-2012 the nickname "The Great Mancession".  But as of January 2013, the unemployment rate for women has once again surpassed the unemployment rate for men.  As more men are re-entering the workforce and more women are leaving it, how is this shift affecting a family's emotional and mental well-being?

Two recent votetrends online polls ask this question from differing perspectives: one poll that asks which employment situation is best for the mother's well-being, and one poll that asks which employment situation is best for the childrens' well-being.  Poll results show a great divide between what we think is best for a mom, and what we think is best for the kids.

For instance, what about a stay-at-home mom who doesn't work outside the home?  70% of respondents think that is the ideal situation for the children, but only 30% think that is the ideal situation for a mother.

What do you think is best for mom and kids?  How will this shift over time?



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Google Doodles



Google doodle

Google doodles are a fun way to commemorate special dates such as birthdays of famous artists, anniversaries and holidays. Also, anyone can have a quick history lesson just by opening the Google homepage.

The doodles came to be in 1998 when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin played around with the Google logo to display on the homepage during the “Burning Man” festival in the Nevada desert. Since then, a team of talented illustrators and engineers has created over 1000 doodles for Google homepages all over the world.

How often do you guess correctly what or who the Google doodle is in honor of? votetrends.com users were asked this very question on a recent poll, and the majority of respondents said they sometimes guessed correctly.



How often do you accurately guess Google doodles?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

One-way ticket to Mars?



Would you sign up for a free one-way ticket to Mars? A Dutch company called Mars One is currently looking for people who want to spend the rest of their lives, and eventually die, on Mars. Their mission is to set up a permanent human settlement on the planet, and is inviting people to apply to become a Mars astronaut. Flights departing to the red plant are scheduled for 2022 and will last about seven months.



Would you consider being being part of this new human settlement on the foreign planet? votetrends.com users were asked in a recent poll if they would want to live the rest of their lives living on Mars. What is your vote?


Would you consider spending the rest of your life living on Mars?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

To Facebook... or NOT to Facebook

Facebook has come under tremendous amounts of scrutiny in the past week. Critics have been questioning the long-standing profitability of its advertising capabilities, the viability of the profitability of its mobile offering among users, and even the value of its Facebook "fans".

Facebook officially hit the 1 billion user mark back in late 2012. Analysts estimate the average value of a Facebook fan to be around $174.17 — a 28 percent increase since 2010.

Has Facebook gotten it's last like?


With all that said and done, Facebook seems to have slowed in momentum over the past months. They have been focusing more on the monetization of their platform through better mobile advertisements, and less on user experience development. The latest weapon Facebook unveiled, Facebook Home, represents a push towards taking the Facebook experience to the next level. The jury is still out on whether this new innovation in the smartphone market will help curb further user penetration and drive the total user base upwards.

Time will tell whether Facebook continues to grow, with other digital networks such as Google+ and Pinterest trying to encroach in its space. Methinks that 2013-2014 will be make or break for the social media giant!

In the meantime, enjoy a fun and interesting online poll one of our users posted on votetrends.com:

Are you Facebook friends with your parents?

Have a good one!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Americans with passports

Of the 311 million-plus citizens in the United States, only 30% have passports. Does this mean Americans do not care about other countries and other cultures? 



This number is surprising, however until 2007, Americans did not need a passport to enter Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean islands. That is quite a few countries to visit without having the need for a passport. Now that this rule no longer applies, do you think many more Americans will finally apply for a passport? A recent votetrends.com poll asked users if in five years from now, the percentage of passport holders will increase or decrease. About 60% of voters said that this number will stay the same. 


What do you think?