Distributed Polling

The poll I did yesterday on Yahoo!’s closing price has been taken almost 2,200 times in about a day. How did it get so many takers? By being distributed on many blogs at the same time. The poll has a share tab with embed code and I asked my readers to embed it on their blogs. And I left comments on some of the most popular blogs suggesting they do so. As of this morning here’s the list of blogs that picked up the poll code and reposted it.

http://blog.hubdub.com/2008/05/05/what-price-will-yahoo-close-at-on-monday-may-5th/

http://gigaom.com/
http://gigaom.com/2008/05/03/microsoft-yahoo-bid-over/
http://hexia.net/frettavefur/technology

http://laurent.pierssens.com/2008/05/04/microsoft-walks-how-low-will-yahoo-close-tomorrow/

http://mp.blogs.com/

http://seekingalpha.com/article/75643-where-will-yahoo-close-today

http://www.alleyinsider.com/

http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/5/play_the_where_will_yahoo_s_stock_go_now_game_yhoo_

http://www.collierclan.net/mark/index.php/2008/05/04/yhoo-stock-price-poll/
http://www.contentmatters.info/

http://www.contentmatters.info/content_matters/2008/05/microsoft-ends.html

http://www.stoweboyd.com/message

http://davemartin.blogspot.com/2008/05/if-all-else-fails-immortality-can.html
http://www.buzzya.com/2008/05/04/microsoft-to-yahoo-take-a-hike/
http://mojo-ramblings.blogspot.com/2008/05/microsoft-and-yahoo.html

http://amaappendagy.blogspot.com/2008/05/spliced-feed-for-social-media_04.html

http://technology.nuovoportale.com/microsoft-to-yahoo-take-a-hike/
http://swik.net/Technology-News/GigaOm/Microsoft+to+Yahoo:+Take+a+Hike!/b4tv2
http://nobosh.com/s/play-the-where-will-yahoos-stock-go-now-game-yhoo/57824/

http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/fredwilson/newwith/me/?eid=1209917398_17_48186561

http://aware11.com/play-the-where-will-yahoos-stock-go-now-game-yhoo/

I love this concept. We can work together to figure stuff out. Instead of each of us hosting a small poll on our blogs, we can collaborate on one large one.

As for whether the poll was accurate, too soon to know. The wisdom of the crowd was around $22/share this morning before the market open. So I lobbed in a limit order before the market opened at $22 for the day. As of now, that order has not been filled.

We’ll see if the stock gets to my $26 prediction. As of now, it’s approaching $25. So much for the wisdom of crowds I guess.