How to Embed Twitter in a PowerPoint

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How to Embed Twitter in a PowerPoint
Twitter was instrumental in communicating the unrest in Egypt and Iran in 2011. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

By embedding a Twitter feed in your PowerPoint presentation, you can harness the social media buzz around your production while in the midst of your presentation. In other words, Twitter allows real-time interaction with the people hearing your presentation. Twitter uses a searching system called "hash-tagging" that allows keywords to be appended to a Twitter post. The name comes from the use of the hash symbol before the keyword; for example, "#Twitter" would be a hash-tag. You can assign a specific hash-tag and display the Tweets that contain it in real time during your PowerPoint presentation.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download the PowerPoint add-on from SAP Web 2.0 (see Resources). Click the link for the ZIP file when it is offered.

  2. 2

    Open the location of the download on your computer. Right-click the downloaded file and choose "Extract All." Click the "Extract" button.

  3. 3

    Double-click "PowerPoint_Twitter_Tools.PPTX" from the extracted folder. This will launch a PowerPoint presentation with the SAP Web 2.0 Twitter tools already embedded.

  4. 4

    Click on the fourth slide in the presentation. Press "Shift+F5" to start the presentation on that slide. Type the search term you want to return in the lower-left corner of the screen, then click "Refresh." You'll see the most recent Tweets with that term.

  5. 5

    Copy and paste the slide into your presentation. There are other Twitter tools in the SAP Web 2.0 PowerPoint file along with instructions for all the options.

Tips and warnings

  • You must have Internet access when you're giving the presentation for the Twitter feed to appear.
  • Enter the search term before you give your presentation live so it will refresh automatically.

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