Polling

  • US 8,693,494 B2
  • Filed: 03/31/2008
  • Issued: 04/08/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/01/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of conducting polls via mobile devices, the method, comprising:

  • receiving, at a polling server, a poll which includes user-generated content on an originating client by an originating user,generating an Short Message Service (SMS) message including the poll and sending the poll from the polling server to mobile devices in the SMS message;

    wherein the poll was created and pre-validated at the originating client using an application installed on the originating client for poll creation to verify that the created poll conforms to requirements of the polling server;

    receiving, at the polling server, poll responses including user-generated responses of responding users of the mobile devices;

    processing the poll responses at the polling server; and

    publishing the poll results in real-time, from the polling server to one or more of the mobile devices;

    wherein, users of the one or more mobile devices provided a response to the poll;

    automatically sending updated poll results for publishing from the polling server to the one or more of the mobile devices until the closing of the poll.

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