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Ovoto: Sharing photos and polling your Facebook and Twitter friends

April 21, 2012

If you’ve ever been caught in a dilemma, you’ll know that calling up a friend or a relative is the best way to resolve it. Instead of standing there, waffling over an item to purchase or an item to wear, it’s so much easier to ask someone for her or his opinion. But, if the person isn’t with you, how can he or she properly analyze your dilemma? You could send the person a picture of the item, but what if you wanted more than one friend’s opinion? For situations like that, there’s Ovoto.

Ovoto, developed by HayStaks, was first introduced on the iOS and has recently arrived on Android. It’s a free Android app that allows you to create a poll by using pictures snapped by your phone. After you’ve snapped the items of your dilemma, Ovoto guides you through setting up a poll and it’s that poll you can share with your Facebook friends for their input. Select how long your poll should run. You can have it run for as short as 15 minutes to as long as two hours. If your friends have Ovoto, you can use the app to browse and vote on their polls.

The app is quite straightforward but a little limited for users who would want to vary their questions. Ovoto only gives users the options to add a verb at the end of “Should I…” Snap a picture of a watch you’re not sure you should wear, for example, and wait for your Facebook friends to cast their votes. Snap a picture of that game you want to buy and wait for your friends’ input.

To be able to publish your polls to Facebook, you’ll have to authorize Ovoto to access your Facebook account. Afterwards, snap an image using the camera button on Ovoto’s homescreen and complete “Should I…” with the verb of your choice. You can then specify how long you’d like the poll to run and you’re all set to share the poll with your Facebook friends.

Ovoto isn’t limited to just Facebook. Share your poll with friends on Twitter as well.

If you’d like to see all the polls you’ve ever made using Ovoto, tap on the My Polls tab. Check out the polls your friends with Ovoto have made through the Friends’ Polls tab and cast your own vote. Tap on a poll to see how many votes it’s gotten so far, if you’re getting impatient. Tapping on the Menu reveals options such as extending the poll time, sharing the poll via e-mail, copying the link to the clipboard or responding to the poll yourself. You have the option to inform your friends on a poll’s final verdict once the poll expires.

Ovoto is simple and gets the job done. Unfortunately it doesn’t allow photos to auto-rotate, but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Based on user feedback, Ovoto integrates well with Facebook and Twitter.

If you’d like to have some poll fun with your friends helping you decide on things, download Ovoto for free from the Google Play Store today. It requires Android 2.2 or higher to run.