Software

Five online tools for generating polls and surveys

SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey is a popular survey tool that lets you gather data from anyone who has access to the Web. The Basic edition (10 questions / 100 responses per survey) is free. There are also three paid versions that offer additional features. You can create a survey using the online tools, collect the responses from those invited to take the survey, and then analyze the results you get.

Begin by going to the SurveyMonkey site and clicking the Sign Up FREE button. After you enter your account information, the SurveyMonkey screen spells out the basics of the process for you. Just click Create Survey to get started. You can then choose a category for your new survey. If you want to use an existing template, click Use An Expert Survey Template and choose the desired category.

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Katherine Murray is a technology writer and the author of more than 60 books on a variety of topics, ranging from small business technology to green computing to blogging to Microsoft Office 2010. Her most recent books include Microsoft Office 2010 P...